Heritage & Monuments

Humayun’s Tomb

India / Asia

Humayan’s tomb was built in 1570 by Persian and Indian craftsmen and is of particular cultural significance, being the first of the very grand dynastic mausoleums on the Indian subcontinent. that were to become synonyms of Mogul architecture, which inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal eighty years later.  Humayan (1508-56) was the second of the Mogul Emperors, ruling over those areas that are now Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northern India and Bangladesh from 1530 to 1540, and from 1555 to 1556.  

Humayun’s Tomb stands within a complex of 27.04 hectares, which includes other contemporary 16th century Mogul garden-tombs such as Nila Gumbad, Isa Khan, Bu Halima, Afsarwala, and Barber’s Tomb.  It was built under the patronage of Humayun’s son, the great Emperor Akbar (1542-1605).

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