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Continuing with my 'series' of pictures taken in Delhi..framed through the doorways.

Humayun's tomb is a complex of buildings of Mughal architecture located in Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. It has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1993.

Humayuns tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. This tomb is considered to be an important milestone in the history of Mughal architecture.

Humayun's tomb is known as the first example of the monumental scale that would characterize subsequent Mughal imperial architecture. Commissioned, it is believed, by Humayun's senior widow, Haji Begam, or by her son Akbar, the tomb is the first to mark the grave of a Mughal emperor. The footpath which leads to the main structure is abruptly very long. This was a pioneer in design. One has to cross not less than gardens and as many as two intimidating gateways before one reaches the destination. This style was later applied in the building of Taj Mahal. In fact, there are many things in the Taj, which have been copied from this tomb, such as 'Charbagh' style and Crescent on the top of the dome. The surrounding garden is spread in not less than 350 square meters. This architecturally pioneer tomb is mainly built of red sandstone and red and white marble. It has a series of cells with arched openings.

Shot taken from inside the South hall of the tomb looking outside. Note the geometrical patters on the floor of hall. I waited to get somebody in the frame of the beautiful arched doorway & was lucky to get the lady in the bright orange dress.

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