"Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah" Baby Taj Tip by MM212
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This rather small white marble mausoleum is the most exquisitely decorated structure in Agra, thus possibly the whole of India! It was commissioned in 1622 by Nur Jahan, the Persian wife of Emperor Jehangir, for her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg, whose title was Itimad-ud-Daulah ("Pillar of the State" or Chief Minister of the Mughal Empire). The mausoleum's design follows the eclectic forms of Emperor Akbar's style, combining Hindu and Islamic architecture, but instead of the signature red sandstone that was previously the material of choice, white marble was used for construction. Therefore, it represented the transition from the tastes of the previous period to the magnificent white marble style of the later era that culminated with the Taj Mahal. The similarity in inlay work and jali lattice windows in the two structures gave Itimad-ud-Daulah the nickname "Baby Taj" (see next tip). The mausoleum itself stands on a square platform in the middle of a garden, and is topped by four corner minarets and a square chhatri pavilion. It is located on the east bank of River Yamuna.
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