Chini Ka Rauza
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Chini ka Rauza is a funerary monument, rauza in Agra, India, containing the tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah, a scholar and poet who was the Prime Minister of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The tomb was built in 1635. Chini ka Rauza is situated just 1 kilometer north of Itmad-Ud-Daulah Tomb, on the eastern bank of Yamuna river in Agra.
Also known as China Tomb, this is the mausoleum of Afzal Khan who was a Persian poet during the reign of Jahangir. Later he became the wazir during Shah Jahan's reign. Khan died in Lahore in 1639 and was buried here at Agra. The tomb is built facing the city of Mecca.
The structure's architectural style is "unusual". This is because of the exotic architectural style in which it is built. It is "unusually plain" possessing a sultanate style unproportional dome.
Due to the inclement weather, the various types of enamel colors have worn away from the tiles. In the facades, the builders used earthern pots to reduce the weight of the concrete filling which was followed in Rome and Egypt.
- Ernest Binfield Havell. A Handbook to Agra and the Taj, Sikandra, Fatehpur-Sikri, and the Neighbourhood. Asian Educational Services. ISBN 9788120617117.
- Lucy Peck. Agra: The Architectural Heritage. Roli Books Private Limited. ISBN 9788174369420.
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