Saturday, December 13, 2008

Full Moon over Tomb

Moon over Humayun's Tomb

Photo: Atish
The Full Moon shines above the World Heritage Site of Humayun's tomb complex in Delhi, India.

The Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, built from 1570-1578, was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Humayun (1508 – 1556) was the second Mughal Emperor who ruled modern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and parts of northern India from 1530–1540 and again from 1555–1556. After Humayun died in 1556, his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1570, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture.

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