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Tomb / Mausoleum of Itimad-ud-Daulah in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

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Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is a Mughal Mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh.

Often described as a “Jewel Box”, & sometimes called the “Baby Tāj”, the tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the world-renowned  Tāj Mahal.  

Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous other buildings and gardens.

The tomb, a specimen of the great Mughal Architecture, is primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations.

 The Mausoleum was commissioned by Nūr Jahān, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, for her father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg.  

Located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, the Mausoleum is set in a large garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways.

The walls of the Mausoleum are made up from white marble from Rajasthan.

The Mausoleum is encrusted with semi-precious stones, like Cornelian, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Onyx, and Topaz, formed into images of cypress trees and wine bottles, & elaborate decorations like cut fruit or vases containing bouquets.

The interiors of this structure is considered by many, to have been inspired by the Mughal architectural marvel Taj Mahal of Agra.

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