inside the mausoleum, the true tomb as per traditions lies below it
The Tomb of Akbar the Great is an important Mughal architectural masterpiece, built 1605-1613, set in 48 Ha (119 acres) of grounds in Sikandra, a suburb of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India.
The third Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (1555–1605), himself commenced its construction in around 1600, according to Tartary tradition to commence the construction of one's tomb during one's lifetime. Akbar himself planned his own tomb and selected a suitable site for it. After his death, Akbar's son Jahangir completed the construction in 1605-1613. Akbar was one of the greatest emperors of his time.
It is located at Sikandra, in the suburbs of Agra, on the Mathura road (NH2), 8 km west-northwest of the city center. About 1 km away from the tomb, lies Mariam's Tomb, the tomb of Mariam-uz-Zamani, wife of the Mughal Emperor Akbar and the mother of Jahangir.
The south gate is the largest, with four white marble chhatri-topped minarets which are similar to (and pre-date) those of the Taj Mahal, and is the normal point of entry to the tomb. The tomb itself is surrounded by a walled enclosure 105 m square. The tomb building is a four-tiered pyramid, surmounted by a marble pavilion containing the false tomb. The true tomb, as in other mausoleums, is in the basement.
The buildings are constructed mainly from a deep red sandstone, enriched with features in white marble. Decorated inlaid panels of these materials and a black slate adorn the tomb and the main gatehouse. Panel designs are geometric, floral and calligraphic, and prefigure the more complex and subtle designs later incorporated in Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb.
Architectural details 
Circumferential Gallery around the cenotaph
View of South Gate from Interior
The Tomb of Akbar the Great, c. 1905
Main entrance of Akbar's Tomb complex from inside.
Tom2b ceiling details, Tomb of Akbar the Great, Sikandra
Inlay panels on the South Gate
Calligraphy over the entrance to the main burial chamber.
True tomb of Akbar, at the basement of the tomb.
Kanch Mahal, built by Jehangir, as a harem quarter later used as a hunting lodge.
Further reading 
- Keene, Henry George (1899, Sixth ed.). "Sikandra". A Handbook for Visitors to Agra and Its Neighbourhood. Thacker, Spink & Co. p. 43.
- Havell, Ernest Binfield (1904). "Sikandra". A Handbook to Agra and the Taj, Sikandra, Fatehpur-Sikri, and the Neighbourhood. Longmans, Green & Co., London.
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Coordinates: 27°13′13.7″N 77°57′1.7″E / 27.220472°N 77.950472°E