Mughal Architecture: Humuyun's Tomb

Layout of Humayun's Tomb

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This tomb is considered the first major example of imperial Mughal tomb complexes and the first garden tomb in the sub-continent. The tomb stands on a stone platform in middle of a large square garden enclosure. From each side, stone channels emerge which were meant to be water channel. The tomb is strongly influenced by Persian architecture.


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