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Tourist Attractions in Agra

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

The exquisite tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg lies on the opposite bank of the Yamuna River, north of the fort.  He was the chief minister of Emperor Jahangir and father of Empress NurJahan. She constructed the tomb in 1622 which was completed in 1628. The style was similar to the tomb she built for Jehangir.  The structure is built completely from marble and made extensive use of Pietra Dura. It has fine marble latticework passages, allowing decorative shafts of light to the interior. 

Akbar's Mausoleum

The sand stone and marble tomb of Akbar the greatest of the Mughal emperors lies in the center of a peaceful garden at Sikandra ,4km northwest of Agra. Akbar started its construction himself blending Islamic,Hindu,Buddhist,Jain and Christian motifs and styles.  When he died the mausoleum was completed by his son Jehangir. The stunning southern gateway is the most impressive part of the complex.  It has three-storey minarets at each corner and is built of red sand stone strikingly inlaid with white-marble abstract patterns. 

        

Jami Masjid

Across the railway tracks from the Delhi Gate of Agra Fort the Jami Masjid was built by Shah Jahan in 1648. An inscription over the main gate indicates that it was built in the name of Jahanara, ShahJahan's daughter who was imprisoned with Shah Jahan by Aurangzeb. 

Fatehpur Sikri

This magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 and 1585 during the reign of Emperor Akbar. This city was abandoned shortly after Akbar's death due to water shortages.    more