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Mausoleum, Chini-ka-Rauza

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In the wonderful Indian city of Agra there are many cultural and architectural monuments. One of these significant historic sites is the mausoleum, Chini ka Rauza, built on the orders of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his first Minister and poet Allama Afzal Khan of Mullaha, who died in 1635.

Was initially built a complex of buildings that were enclosed by a high wall with two gates - North and South. But, unfortunately, until our days, most of the constructions remained only ruins, while the mausoleum remained in good condition. It has a square shape, the corners are small towers, typical of buildings of Mughal era, and the roof is crowned by a large dome. Each of the four sides adorned with an arch, and has a height of about 24 meters. Central inner hall, where is the tomb of Allama Afzal Khan of Mullah, has an octagonal shape and in it are four entrances, through which he connects with four smaller rooms.

In General, the style that made tomb, quite restrained, its lines and form simple and concise as for the Indo-Persian architecture. But all the walls and ceilings are covered with amazing beauty and elegance with patterns and motifs that are lined with bright colored ceramic tile, which was specially brought from China. For each part of the building was used a specific color for labeling the Central arch was the selected tile blue color, and a border of blue, yellow and green. As for finishing the rest of the arches you used blue and orange tile. On some of the walls the pattern is very well preserved and you can see exactly how the mausoleum looked like originally.