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Tomb of Akbar in Sikandra

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The Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great, who reigned in the period from 1556 to 1605, is considered one of the most famous and revered Muslim rulers of India. Therefore, his tomb, at least in General, and made in a fairly restrained Spartan style, but still very luxury is in the details. The construction of the mausoleum of Akbar, according to tradition, began in his lifetime. The location for the grave was chosen personally by the Emperor. After the death of the ruler in 1605, his son Jahangir at the continued building, and it was not completed until 1613.

The tomb is located in the small village of Sikandra, in the suburbs of Agra and is a masterpiece of Muslim architecture. It is a complex of two buildings, one of which is the mausoleum itself and the other was a huge gate. Connects them to a wide paved road. Buland gate, Darwaza, or as they are called, the Gate of Magnificence, is the main entrance to the mausoleum. They are decorated with white marble minarets are located at the four corners of the gate. The mausoleum is made from the traditional buildings of this period red Sandstone and a relatively new finishing material - marble, in the form of four-sided pyramid. It is divided into several tiers, the top is constructed of marble, it has four pointed towers. And in the middle of the structure is an open courtyard in the center of which is placed a special "tourist version" of the Imperial tomb, decorated with intricate ornaments and inscriptions. While the true burial place of Akbar is located in the catacombs. And the gate and the mausoleum is laid with colored tiles, which formed in beautiful and intricate patterns.

The area around the tomb there are a lot of monkeys who can be quite aggressive and even attack the tourists.