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Itimad Ud Daulah in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Itimad-ud-daulah tomb is a Mughal monument located in Agra City in Uttar Pradesh. Sometimes it is called Jewel Box or baby Taj, along with the main mansion it houses various outbuildings and gardens. The complex was started by Nur Jahan the wife of Jahangir, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, it was built suring the period of 1622 and1628. It represents first monument of Mughal architecture located on the bank of Yamuna River. The monument is set in midst of large garden criss-crossed by water courses and walkways.

The mausoleum itself covers around 23 meters square and is built on around 50 meters square base with one meter high. Each corner has hexagonal towers which are 13 meters tall.

The walls are made up from white marble from Rajasthan encrusted with semi-precious stone decorations – cornelian, jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx, and topaz. Light penetrates to the interior through delicate jali screens of intricately carved white marble.

Many of Nur Jahans relatives are interred in the mausoleum. The cenotaphs of her father and mother have been set side-by-side, a formation replicated in Taj Mahal.

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