Qutab Minar and Smith’s Folly ~ An Architectural Disaster:

Qutub Minar complex houses several structure, some dating back even beyond the days of the Qutab Minar, while some are just over a century old. Smith’s Folly is one such structure. In 1803 the Qutub Minar was severely damaged in a earthquake. Major Robert Smith was appointed to restore the Qutab Minar. Major Smith in his restoration process crowned the Qutub Minar with a Bengali style Chatri, thus creating an architectural blunder. The folly was removed in 1848 nduring the time of Viceroy Lord Harding, and placed at the corner of Qutab Complex, where it can still be seen. It christened the Smith’s Folly. Read more…

Barber’s Tomb ~ Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi:

Kings and queens have their magnificent tombs so does their brothers, sisters and cousins. Tombs of favorite ministers and even dogs are also not uncommon. But a tomb of Emperor’s favorite barber is something rarely heard of. Humayun the second of great Mughal ruler honored his favorite barber with a beautiful tomb, located next to his very own magnificent mosuleum. Located towards the south – east of the Humayun’s Tomb stands a slender, elegant domed structure commonly known as the Nai – Ki – Gumbad, literally meaning the Barber’s tomb. No one knows who are burried inside this picturesque tomb of red and grey sand stone. Popular myth is that the tomb is dedicated to Mughal emperor Humayun’s royal barber & was commissioned by emperor Akbar. Read more …

Sabz Burj (Green Dome):

Sabuz Burj copySabuz Burz is a unknown tomb located on a grassy traffic island at the junction of Mathura Road and Lodi Road. Contrary to the name Sabz Burj, which literally means green dome, the tomb is crowned with a dazzling blue dome. The octagonal tomb with with alternate wide and narrow sides follow the Baghadid Tomb architecture style. All the eight sides are marked with high recessed arches and it is crowned with a high drummed double domed. Although nothing much is known about the history of the tomb historians consider it to be a early Mughal period tomb as its more Central Asian than Mughal in architecture.Read more…

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