Sunday, 29 April 2018

Chini ka Rauza

             Chini ka Rauza, Agra Overview

Dedicated to the memory of the Prime Minister of the court, during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Chini ka Rauza is a funerary monument situated on the eastern bank of the Yamuna river in Agra. Also known as China Tomb, ?Chini? meaning ?from China? and ?Rauza? meaning ?tomb?, the shrine is the final resting place of the Persian scholar and poet- Allama Afzal Khan Mullah. Built between 1628 and 1639, the architecture is a marvellous fusion of the Indo-Persian style.
The monument located 1 km north of Itmad - ud - Daulah tomb, is hidden away in an alcove of trees and is usually an unusual but a happy discovery among tourists. It is supposedly the first of its kind to be decorated by glazed tile work. The tiles are known to have been imported from China which makes the monument even more striking with their colour embellishments and artwork. Although the enamels and inlay work is wearing off due to climatic conditions and absence of renovation, the tomb is a fantastic example of long-gone style and architecture.

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