Akbar the Great was born 1542 and ruled from 1556 until his death in 1605. He was generally considered the true founder of the Mughal Empire and was one of the greatest rulers in Indian history.
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Akbar commenced the costruction himself, but it was not completed until after his death, by his son, Jehangir in 1613. Jehangir did not like his father's style very much and he redesigned the structure. Although the drastic changes made at the design level of the monument were succesful, at the same time it does not reveal the best balance between style and concept.
The gateway has been inspired by the gateway constructed in Fatehpur Sikri and has been beautifully created with huge mosaic patterns in white and the colored marbles. The mosaics follow the floral and geometrical styles.
Construction of this beautiful monument was started by Akbar in his lifetime. This structure has a perfect blending of Hindu, Christian , Islamic, Buddhist, Jain motifs. The blending is much like Deen-e-Ilahi, a new religion started by Akbar. But Akbar died before his mausoleum could be completed and his son Jehangir completed it.
The tomb is pyramidical and 3-stories tall. On top is an open courtyard surrounded by a marble screen enclosing the tomb itself. The buiding is unique in its departure from Islamic architectural tradition, for it has no domed roof.
Time was unkind to the North Gate, the only ruined structure in Akbar's Tomb. It likely resembled the East and West Gates, with a large iwan arch and richly decorated façade.
Local children will sell you a bag of nuts so that you can feed some of the many monkeys that roam the site. They are very tame and will eat out of your hand.