Tomb of Akbar the Great, a historical landmark in Agra, India
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Akbar's tomb (Sikandra Fort), the resting place of the Mughal emperor Akbar, is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, and one of the well-preserved monuments in the area. It was built in the early 17th century on an area covering 119 acres in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The complex takes its name from Sikandra Lodi, the former Sultan of Delhi who established the district in which it stands.
This is the mausoleum that Akbar (the grandfather of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal) chose for himself but could not finish it during his time. After his death, his son Jahangir (meaning "Conqueror of the World") completed the construction in 1605–1613.
The glorious monument showcases a harmonious fusion of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jain art and architecture.
It has Mughal elements like red sandstone and marble with inlay works and geometric patterns. It has four imposing gateways and the southern gate (the main entrance to the mausoleum), called Buland Darwaza, which means the gateway of Magnificence, is the largest one with minarets on top like the ones in Taj Mahal, which was built many decades later.
The tomb, a four-leveled pyramid mounted on a marble pavilion, stands in the center of a vast garden, which is enclosed by high walls on all sides. The false tomb is found in the ground floor while the real tomb is located in the basement.
Unlike the other tombs of famous Muslim kings around the world, the Tomb of Akbar faces towards the rising sun instead of Masjid of Mecca, "The Sacred Mosque"