Safdarjung’s Tomb – Delhi, India


This tomb was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style for the Nawab Safdarjung. The mausoleum was constructed in marble and sandstone. Safdarjung, who was the Nawab of Oudh was made prime minister of the Mughal Empire when Ahmed Shah Bahadur ascended the throne in 1748.

The tomb was the last of the Mughal tomb gardens. It was built in line with the style of Humayun’s Tomb. The four main features of this tomb are as follows: The Char Bagh with the mausoleum at the centre; a ninefold floor plan; a five part façade; a lorge podium with a hidden stairway.

Although the façade was built in the style of the Taj Mahal, it lacks symmetry. This is due to the verticle axis being given prominence which has resulted in an unbalanced appearance.

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