It Mad Ud Daula

TOMB OF IT-MAD-UD-DAULA (BABY TAJ) - AGRA

The Tomb of It-Mad-Ud-Daula built by Nur Jahan is built wholly of marble and has exquisite inlay work. It forms a connecting link between the style of Akbar and that of Shah Jahan: the style assumes a delicate and refined character. The beautiful pietra dura or inlay in precious stones over its whole surface is striking; the motifs- rose water vessels, grapes, wine cups and flasks, etc. are purely Persian in character. The sumptuous use of white marble in construction of the Tomb of It-Mad-Ud-Daula derives a name 'Baby Taj' for it. Baby Taj is one of the four major tourist attractions of Agra and holds an important place in Agra tourism.

It-mad-ud Daula is the tomb of Mirza Ghias Beg, father of Mehrunissa who later came to be known as Nur Jahan. Mehrunissa married Emperor Jahangir and christened as Nur Jahan She constructed this tomb during 1622-28. The tomb of It-mad-ud-Daula was the first Mughal structure constructed totally of marble and the first to make extensive use of inlay work of marble. The beautifully patterned surface of the tomb is superb.

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