Tuesday, 13 November 2012

10 Interesting Facts About Humayun’s Tomb


Built in the 15th century, Humayun’s Tomb is an intriguing historical site in Delhi. Below are some of the facts that you would like to know -

1. There are more than 100 graves within the entire complex. Several of them are on the first level terrace, known as "Dormitory of the Mughals".

2. Humayun’s Tomb was designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.

3. It was notably the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent with beautiful causeways and channels.

4. It was the first Indian building known as a classic specimen of the double-domed elevation with kiosks on a huge scale.

5. The tomb’s concept of eight side chambers symbolizes the Islamic concept of paradise.


6. The building introduced the distinctive combination of red sandstone and white marble. 

7. Contrary to Taj Mahal, which a husband built in the memory of his wife, Humayun Tomb was built by a wife, Hamida Banu Begam, for her husband. 

8. UNESCO declared the tomb a World Heritage Site in 1993.

9. Humayun's Tomb has earned the status of being a landmark in the expansion of Mughal architecture.

10. Humayun’s Tomb inspired the construction of the much celebrated Taj Mahal, which was built a century later.


PS: All the facts mentioned have been taken from Wikipedia and the historical site's guide.

Have you visited Humayun's Tomb? Would you like to?

18 comments:

  1. Interesting facts. Nice shots of the monument.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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    1. Thanks Niranjan :) Yeah, Humayun's Tomb is a nice monument to photograph.

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  2. compelling pictures and the blog is quite informative. Good going!!

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    1. Thanks Jyotsna :) You must visit Humayun's Tomb!

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  3. Interesting one :-)... place is beautifully captured in the pics..

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    1. Thanks Rochit :) I'm sure you will also like Humayun's Tomb.

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  4. I never knew a lot of things about this tomb and I have visited it quite a few times!

    Richa

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    1. Thanks Richa, for stopping by. :) Yeah, Humayun's Tomb has an intriguing history.

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  5. I hope some day I will be able to visit this great monument.
    Thanks for the pics.

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    1. Yeah, I hope that too! Thanks Indrani :)

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  6. These are beautiful photographs, Renuka. I conduct heritage walks in Humayun's tomb as well as a few other historic sites in Delhi, but there were a couple of points in your post that I did not know about earlier, and can use those now :)

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    1. Thanks Neeraj :) I'm glad to know that you found this post useful. Humayun's Tomb is beautiful indeed.

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  7. Very nice pics, humayun tomb is one of the most well preserved monuments in India

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    1. Thanks :) That's true. It's very easy to go around this monument.

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  8. Wow, had no idea there are over 100 graves around the place...The fact's are really curious.
    I'd add that there are over 100 chipmunks to be found dashing around the tomb :)

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    1. Humayun's Tomb is an interesting site. Even I was not aware of such interesting facts associated to the monument. Chipmunks! Haha :)

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  9. My first Visit at Humayu's tomb.I was searching the emty grave of Bahadur shah Zafar

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  10. is it adventurous and thrilling place?

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