15 Greatest Examples of Mughal Architecture in the World

6. Buland Darwaza

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The Buland Darwaza was built during the reign of Emperor Akbar. The monument was completed in the year 1601 and was built to commemorate the Mughal’s conquest of Gujarat. It is often regarded as one the most perfectly designed architecture in the whole of India. Sandstone is the most dominant stone used to build this magnificent building. Buland Darwaza means “Gate of Magnificence”; The Buland Darwaza is the primary gateway to Fatehpur Sikri, which is a town established and developed by the Mughals.

7. Akbar’s tomb

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Akbar’s tomb is yet another fine example of Mughal architecture. The masterpiece was built between 1605-1613. Located in the suburban areas of Uttar Pradesh, Sikandra, the structures sprawls over 119 acres of land. Akbar had initiated the construction of this splendid tomb during his lifetime, owing to the Tartary tradition. After his death, Akbar’s son Jahangir ensured the construction of the tomb continued. This tomb has been dilapidated by many dynasties followed by the Mughals, but extensive constructions were carried on by Lord Curzon, during the British rule.

8. Jama Masjid

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The Jama Masjid was originally named Masjid-i-Jahan-numa which means “world-reflecting mosque”. Jama Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in India and was built between 1644 and 1656. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the expense to complete this royal structure was around 1 million rupees. More than 5000 workers worked tirelessly to complete this monument which was built under the supervision of Saadullah Khan. The mosque can encompass as many as 25,000 people at a time. The structure has 3 colossal domes, 4 towers, and 131 minarets.

9. Badshahi Mosque

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Badshahi Mosque is located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. This mosque was commissioned in the year 1671, by Aurangzeb and it was completed in the year 1673. For 313, the Badshahi Masjid remained the biggest mosque in the whole world. The exterior is carved of red sandstone with a marble inlay. It was built to commemorate Aurangzeb’s victory against Maratha leader Shivaji Bhonsle.

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10. The tomb of Salim Chishti

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Located in Fatehpur Sikri, the tomb of Salim Chishti is a very fine example of the intricate Mughal Architecture. The place enshrines the burial place of Salim Chishti who was a Sufi Saint. The entire mausoleum was done during the reign of Emperor Akbar; it is a mark of respect which Akbar owed to Salim Chishti who happened to be a descendant of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.