The Emperor Humayun's Garden Tomb

Roof Pavilions

Roof Pavilions

The roof pavilions are small structures that fill the top of the pishtaqs on top of Humayun's Tomb. They can only be accessed from the roof terrace. These pavilions contain staircases for accessing the blue-domed chattris. The shaded gathering areas on the roof terrace were very likely to have been used as part of a madrasa. A madrasa is a "school for religious instruction, a college."1

1. Catherine Asher, The Architecture of Mughal India (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), xxvii.


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Roof Pavilion
Roof Pavilion
Roof Pavilions
There is a roof pavilion that can be accessed from the roof terrace inside the top of all four pishtaqs at Humayun's Tomb
The large chattris on top of Humayun's Tomb are functional shaded platforms that may have been used by a madrasa.

Additional Information

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