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Akbar's Tomb in Sikandra, Agra

Sikandra,the former capital of Lodi dynasty, was named after the Afghan ruler Sikander Lodi.

The city of Sikandra, located at about 12 km from Agra, houses the tomb of Mughul Emperor Akbar. The design and construction of the tomb was started by Akbar himself and subsequently completed by his son Jehangir.

The shape of the tomb is a truncated pyramid with five storeys. The first four storeys were constructed with red sandstone and the fifth one with white marble. The white marble storey comprises a false tomb of Emperor Akbar. The real tomb of Akbar is located in a crypt right below the false tomb.

There are several well laid out gardens in the tomb complex. The Baradi palace in the gardens was built by Sikander Lodi. The mausoleum originally had four red sandstone gates. Now only the southern gate is used as the main entrance to the tomb.

Besides the tomb of Akbar, Sikandra also houses the tombs of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, cenotaphs of Nur Jahan's parents Asmat Begum and Itmad-ud-Daula and Akbar's daughters Shakrul Nisha Begum and Aram Bano.





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