Thursday, 14 February 2013

Subz Burz

Subz Burz is an octagonal tomb with four wide and four narrow sides (Muthamman-i-Baghdadz) andstands to the west of Humayun's tomb. 

Some Interesting Facts!!
  1)    The tomb has high recessed arches on all its sides and a high drummed double dome covered with colorful tiles.
  2)    The name Subz Burz means green tiles.
3)    The structure lacks all the pre Mughl architectural deigns elements like guldastas, chhajjas and chhatris etc.

Saturday, 9 February 2013


Athpula bridge was built during the region of the Mughal king Akbar, the bridge was constructed to span a stream that went through this area and probably joined the Barahpula nala further south which fed into the river Yamuna.
Some Interesting Facts!!
  1)   The name Athpula is derived from ath (eight) that refers to the eight pillars that support the seven arches and 'pul' of course means a bridge in Hindi. The span between the arches reduces from the center to the bank of the stream. 

 2)   The bridge is placed diagonally across the stream and has a beautiful curving shape.

  3)   It is not clear which road went over this bridge, but the presence of a Mughal  garden nearby suggests that this was an important resting place.

Mosque of Lodi Garden

This monument belongs to the Mughal period. the garden is enclosed with four walls and entered through a double storied gateway, which is rectangular in plan.

Some Interesting Facts!!
  1)   There are beautiful paintings in floral pattern on the araish plaster..
     2)   Other notable features of the gate are the Bangladar roof, Lakhori brick chajja, fluttered columns at all four corners, decorative arches relieved in rectangular panels.
  3)   The mosque is a single chamber with three bays. The west wall has three arched mihrabs. We can see a inscription on a very fine plaster  layer in the remains of the interior. A decorative ceiling with ribbon patterns also remains. There is a courtyard on the eastern side of the mosque.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Tomb of Sikandar Lodi

Sikandar Lodi was the second ruler of the Lodi dynasty and ruled form 1495 to 1517. His tomb is set in a garden and is surrounded by an elaborate enclosure, about 76 meters square, with walls 3.5 meters high.
Some Interesting Facts!!
  1)   The two chhatris (Pavilions) on the square platform in the front have remains of blue tiles.

  2)   Inside the enclosure, the middle part of the western wall has been built so as to function as a wall mosque, with the qibla (direction that should be faced while praying) indicated through arches and paved area in front.

3)     In the center of enclosure is the octagonal tomb. Its indicator is decorated with extensive and fairly well preserved tile work, and a painted and increased plastic sealing.     

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Barah Khamba

This building is a square tomb with each side measuring 0.5 meters. Literally translated the name means 12 pillars, and that's what it is - a structure with 12 pillars.

Some Interesting Facts!!
    1)     At one time there were several cenotaphs (means an empty tomb erected in honor of a person whose remains are somewhere else)  created inside this building, and there are number of other graves outside.
2)     The monument houses a tomb that is unknown.
3)   The historical records of this monument are not available and its is difficult to know who constructed this  tomb. 


Friday, 1 February 2013

Sakri Gumti

The name of this Lodi period structure literally means ‘narrow domed building’ which is very appropriate, given that the walls are tall in proportion to their width.

                              Some Interesting Facts!!
  1)    This structure was probably built later than the building but its purpose is still not clear.
  2)    There is no grave inside, and it is believed that this is not a tomb but it may be a   gateway.
  3)  A broken half-wall runs along the eastern  side of the building and if complete - might actually have blocked the entrance into the building on that side.   

Chhoti Gumit

Is the ‘small domed building’ as the name Chhoti Gumit implies- its a low building and has a relatively small area of 8 square meters.
Some Interesting Facts !!
1)     The style of the building, such as the painted medallion on the ceiling of the dome, suggests that it belonged to the Lodi period.

2)     The tomb in the Chhoti Gumit in unknown.

3)     The dome and the battlemented parapet around it appears large in proportion to the low walls.