Hoshang Shah’s Tomb

Reputed to be India’s oldest marble mausoleum, this imposing tomb is crowned with a tiny crescent thought to have been imported from Persia or Mesopotamia. Light filters into the echoing, domed interior through stone jalis (carved lattice screens), and intended to cast an appropriately subdued light on the tombs. An inscription records Shah Jahan sending his architects – including Ustad Hamid, who worked on the Taj Mahal – here in 1659 to pay their respects to the tomb’s builders of two centuries before.

Hoshangs Tomb, a mausoleum built entirely of marble. Though it faces the entrance porch on the north the access to the tomb proper is from the south through a doorway of exquisite proportions and ornamentation. The interior is plain but for the ornamental mouldings such as the miniature arches with blue enamel background running all along the rim of the dome. The main sarcophagus of Hoshang Shah is carved in the form of a casket with receding bands and with a mihrab moulded at the top. There are other graves also below the dome, three of which are in marble.

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