Akbar Tomb


Akbar Tomb is known by different names. Few call it Akbar ka Makbara while some know it as Mausoleum of Akbar. Either way, this unique historically significant structure has the same importance. It is located at Sikandra in India. The mausoleum is not too far from Agra. This is the tomb of Akbar, the Great Mughal emperor whose bravery has been recorded in history.

Akbar the greatest of all Mughal emperors ruled over the Mughal Empire between 1556 and 1605. Akbar started building his own mausoleum and the style that was adopted for building the monument was Timurid architecture.

The mausoleum which was started by Akbar was completed by the next Mughal emperor – Jahangir, the son of Akbar. During the reign of Jahangir, he added more architectural brilliance to the structure.

Akbar Tomb Architectural Features

The gateway that will take you to the interiors of the tomb is made up of colored as well as white marble. There are 4 minarets that are made of white marble.

There is a central arch that is quite high and has smaller arches within the same. There are calligraphic impressions on the walls. The charbagh or 4 gardens will lead you to the chamber of the tomb. Akbar tomb is laid inside a structure that is pyramidal in shape. The color of the tomb is red in color that is in tiers that resemble a pack of playing cards.

How Does Akbar Tomb Differ From Other Mughal Structures?

This building has 5 levels. The first level comprises a podium that has many arches. The other levels have no arches. There is a central inlaid door in between. The levels which have no arches are supported by rows of pillars.

There are screens or jaliss on the outer walls of the verandah. These are present on all the 4 sides of the Verandah. The grave of Akbar can be found in the basement. On the way to Akbar’s grave, you will find many stucco paintings that have a combination of different colors of green, gold, and blue. The carvings and the paintings depict floral designs. There are Persian inscriptions too.

Incoherence In Architecture

Since the mausoleum was started by Akbar and completed by his son Jahangir, you will find architectural incoherence in few places. This is mainly due to the fact that the ideas and concepts differed in both the cases.

Although there is incoherence in architecture, the mausoleum is worth visiting and is regarded as one of the best Islamic structures found in Agra.

How Long Did It Take To Complete Akbar Tomb?

It is believed that Akbar started constructing the tomb while he was alive. Thereafter, it was completed by his son Jahangir, the next Mughal emperor. As per the inscriptions that have been found on the southern gate of the mausoleum, it is assumed that Akbar tomb was completed during the period 1612 to 1614.

If you are visiting Agra, this is one place you cannot afford to miss. Environ of Akbar tomb is in tranquil surroundings. As such, you can spend some time peacefully away from the hustle bustle of the city.

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