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"An Architectural Marvel "
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Dubbed as Baby Taj-owing to its architectural similarity to the famed Taj Mahal- Itimad-Ud-Daulah is an exquisite stone tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father of Nur Jahan. The marble lattice structure, arched entrances, octagonal minarets, exquisitely engraved floral patterns and the exotic Persian-styled gardens stand as a fascinating attraction. This monument is an architectural masterpiece that recounts the forgotten glory of the Mughal era.


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Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah

Tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is a Mughal mausoleum in the city of Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Tāj", the tomb of I'timād-ud-Daulah is often regarded as a draft of the Tāj Mahal.

Along with the main building, the structure consists of numerous outbuildings and gardens. The tomb, built between 1622 and 1628 represents a transition between the first phase of monumental Mughal architecture – primarily built from red sandstone with marble decorations, as in Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and Akbar's tomb in Sikandra – to its second phase, based on white marble and pietra dura inlay, most elegantly realized in the Tāj Mahal.

The mausoleum was commissioned by Nūr Jahān, the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirzā Ghiyās Beg, originally a Persian Amir in exile, who had been given the title of I'timād-ud-Daulah . Mirzā Ghiyās Beg was also the grandfather of Mumtāz Mahāl , the wife of the emperor Shāh Jahān, responsible for the construction of the Tāj Mahal. Nur Jehan was also responsible for the construction of the Tomb of Jehangir at Lahore.



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