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Akbar's Tomb At Sikandra


Akbar's tomb at Sikandara is one of the most important tourist attractions in Agra. Emperor Akbar started the construction of this tomb himself, which was later completed by his son Jahangir. This beautiful tomb is a grand affair built in the Indo-Saracenic style with a variety of exquisite carvings and designs covering it. The tomb boasts of a huge gateway named Buland Darwaza, which has been modeled on its famous namesake in Fatehpur Sikri. The decoration on the gateway is strikingly bold, with its large mosaic patterns. Akbar's tomb at Sikandara is surrounded by a beautiful garden enclosure laid out in the charbagh style.

The splendid gateway is adorned with four minars and displays some striking inlay work of white marble on red sandstone. You can also observe some beautifully executed calligraphic ornamentation that is a treat to the eyes. An open terrace contained within large panels of jail screens adds to the austere beauty of this unique structure. Lavish stucco paintings in gold, blue, brown and green colors adorn the portico in front of the grave at the basement. Close by stands the red sandstone sample baradari-the tomb of Mariam Zamani, Jahangir's mother.

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