Tomb of Emperor Humayun: Overall view, facade and one of the water channels of the char-bagh garden



The first monumental mausoleum of the Mughal dynasty; Humayun died in 1556. The patron was Humayun’s son Akbar. The tomb is situated in the centre of a series of four-plot gardens (Ind.-Pers. char-bagh), with shallow water channels, pools and paved pathways laid out symmetrically on all sides, the first use in a mausoleum setting. The tomb is constructed of red sandstone and faced with coloured slate. The lavish use of white marble to outline panels and arches was an important precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture. The tomb building stands on a high double plinth .


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Humayun ka Maqbara

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Tombs

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Mughal

Place of Creation
  • +28.593264+77.250602

  • Delhi, Delhi, India

  • Delhi

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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Architectural Lantern Slides of India (includes present-day Pakistan)


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