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Emperor Humayun's Garden Tomb

Tomb Entrance

Humayun's Tomb's Entrance

When passing through one of the gates at Humayun's Garden Tomb, Humayun's mausoleum appears like an insurmountable monument. While advancing on one of the four main pathways toward the tomb, a staircase reveals itself in the plinth's center niche. At the top of these stairs is a terrace on which Humayun's mausoleum sits. Humayun's cenotaph can only be accessed by a single entrance in the southern pishtaq of the mausoleum. The jali screens that cover all but one opening on the terrace level of the mausoleum receive much attention by new visitors who wander from one facade opening to another until arriving at the southern end of the terrace. The location of the entrance is only obvious from this side of the terrace. The entrance appears small in the center of an alcove that is as monumental as the iwans that fill the other pishtaqs. The entrance is decorated by six-pointed stellate symbols inlaid in a pair of white spandrels.


Illustrations

Tomb Entrance
The elevation of Humayun's Tomb disguises the plinth's stair niches, causing the tomb to appear insurmountable.
Tomb Entrance
The stairs lead to the plinth terrace, and from there, the entrance to the mausoleum is in the southern pishtaq.
Tomb Entrance
Humayun's Tomb's mausoleum's only entrance is through the small door in the middle of the southern pishtaq's alcove.

Additional Information

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