I have a new favorite building! When our India tour leader declared that we were headed for the “Little Taj Mahal” in Delhi, it was clear we were in for something astounding. However, not one of us was prepared for the caramel-colored confection that soon burst into sight.
Behold, stunning Humayun’s Tomb!
Humayun’s Tomb was completed in 1572 C.E. and was commissioned by Bega Begum, the first wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun to bury Humayun after his passing in 1556. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, thus lending inspiration to the famed Taj Mahal.
As you likely can tell, Humayun’s Tomb is built with Islamic style by a Persian architect. It is constructed from glowing red sandstone and white marble that change color with the shifting sun. At its highest point, the building is 300 feet tall. Amazing!
Though Humayun’s Tomb looks serene and stately now, it actually functioned as a refugee camp for five years after the 1947 Partition of India for Muslims fleeing to the newly-created country of Pakistan. Given that Humayun’s Tomb is nearly 500 years old and housed countless migrating people, hats off to the preservation and restoration crews of India for bringing back the building’s former glory!
My little brother and I wasted no time in sprinting off to take novelty photos. Idea number one consisted of my dear sibling running to the middle of the main walkway while I bounded up the steps and then posed (looking all tiny from afar) making a muscle under the main arch. Idea number two was to have my 6’7″ little bro pretend to enter the wee doors (sadly locked) at the base of the edifice. Funny!
We entered the building itself and gasped in awe. Sun streamed in through windows, which were pattered like lace. High above, the intricate rainbow ceiling smiled down. Feast upon these photos!
Can you see why Humayun’s Tomb is one of my new favorite buildings, right up there with the Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain, and the #1 Sexiest Building of Boston? It’s an unmissable sight when visiting India.
So what about you? Do you enjoy this type of architecture? What are your favorite buildings around the world? Do share!