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Old February 25th, 2011, 09:44 AM   #161
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The Sher Mandal is a double-storeyed octagonal tower of red sandstone, It was built by Sher Shah and was used as a library by Humayun after he captured the fort. The tower is topped by an octagonal chhatri, supported by eight pillars and decorated with white marble.





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The single-domed Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque, built by Sher Shah in 1541, is an excellent example of pre-Mughal design.









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Great shots from Delhi, once more i would like to see some photos from downtown of Delhi, its buildings if it possible...
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HUMAYUN'S TOMB COMPLEX

Humayun's Tomb is located in a complex comprising a mosque and several other tombs, some are fortified.






Bu Halina Enclosure

This grand gateway led to the tomb-garden of Bu Halina, of whom not much is known. The facade of the gateway is chamfered, and remnants of tilework can still be seen. Ornate domed canopies surmount the two northern bastions of the garden wall. The western wall of the garden was breached in the 19th century to allow access for visitors.

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Isa Khan Tomb Enclosure
1547 A.D.

Isa Khan Niyazi was a noble in the court of Sher shah Sur. This enclosure includes his tomb and a mosque, both built during his own lifetime. Until the early 20th century, an entire village had been settled in the enclosure.







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The octagonal tomb, pre-dating Humayun's tomb by only 20 years, has striking ornamentation in the form of canopies, glazed tiles, and lattice screens.



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Along the western side of the enclosure, the three-bay wide mosque has a grand red sandstone central bay and striking mihrabs.

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Arab Serai Gate
1560-61 A.D.

This 14-metre high gateway led to the walled enclosure which housed the Persian craftsmen who came here for the building of Humayun's Tomb. Red sandstone and white marble inlay work add a striking touch to the gateway, mostly built of Delhi quartzite stone. The projecting jharokhas still display remnants of the glazed ceramic tiles.










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HUMAYUN'S TOMB

The 16m high West Gate is the main entrance to the world Heritage Site of the Tomb-Garden of emperor Humayun. Rooms on each side flank the central passage and the upper floor has small courtyards. Six-sided stars used by the Mughals as an ornamental cosmic symbol, adorn the structure.







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Humayun's Tomb
1565-72 A.D.

Hamida Banu Begum, his grieving widow, built Emperor Humayun's mausoleum, the earliest example of Persian influence in Indian architecture. Precursor to the Taj Mahal, it stands on a platform of 12000 square metres and reaches a height of 47m.





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Built of rubble masonry, the structure is the first to use red sandstone and white marble in such great quantities. The small canopies on the terrace were originally covered in glazed blue tiles, and the brass finial over the white marble dome is itself 6m high.





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