DELHI - FEBRUARY 2008
After the death of Aurangzeb, the only significant Mughal structure buIlt was the Tomb of Safdarjung. Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan, popularly known as Safdarjung (1708-54), was the governor of the province of Awadh under Muhammad Shah (emperor of India from 1719 through 1748) and later became his prime minister. The tomb was built in 1754 by his son Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah. Described as the "last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture", it is erected roughly on the pattern of Humayun's tomb, but much scaled down. Set in the middle of a 300 square meter garden laid down in the Mughal Charbagh style, Safdarjung's tomb represents the last phase of the Mughal style of architecture.
"SAFDARJUNG'S TOMB - The tomb has been criticized for the lack of balance in its make-up..."
"REFLECTION - There was little water to get a better picture"
"DOME - The square central chamber of the mausoleum is surrounded by eight rooms all around. All the apartments, except the corner ones are rectangular in shape, the corner ones being octagonal. The dome of the tomb rises from a sixteen-sided base"
"PIETRA DURA (pl. pietre dure) is the name of the technique of using small, cut and fitted, highly-polished coloured stones to create what seems to be a painting in stone"
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