india chronicles: humayun’s tomb

humayun was a mughal emperor who ruled parts of northern india during the mid-1500’s and his tomb is in one of unesco’s world heritage list.  it was built by the order of humayun’s widow, nine years after his death.

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i walked towards the tomb’s portal entrance and there were a lot of tourists like myself either just starting or just have finished their visit.

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there were water channels like these around the structure.

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the site plaque and the tomb.

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the structure is mostly made of red sandstone.

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the six-pointed star is a common feature on its designs.  it is actually a hindu symbol as i have read in some mistaking it as the star of david.  additionally, the hexagram is one of the oldest and most universal of all spiritual symbols.

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 cenotaphs in the entrance.

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humayun is actually buried in the basement below, this is his cenotaph.

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the chamber dome.

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more cenotaphs inside the tomb.

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intricate inscriptions.

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the jaali, are architectural decorations done by carving geometrical shapes on the stones.

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