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SAFDARJUNG’S TOMB

SAFDARJUNG’S TOMB

THIS Is THE LAST of Delhi’s garden tombs and was built in 1754 for Safdarjung, the powerful prime minister of Muhammad Shah, the Mughal emperor between 1719 and 1748. Marble was allegedly stripped from the tomb of Abdur Rahim Khan-i- Khanan in Nizamucklin to construct this rather florid example of late Mughal architecture. Approached by an ornate gateway, the top storey of which houses the library of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the tomb has an exaggerated dome and stands in a cbarbagb, a garden cut by water channels into four parts. Its facade is extensively ornamented with well-preserved plaster carving and the central chamber has some fine stone inlay work on the floor.

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