Akbar's Tomb at Sikandara is the best example of Akbar's style. Elucidate.
Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandara was built in Charbagh style. The area of the precinct comes up to 48 hectares, four times grander than the Humayun’s tomb and is the largest Charbagh in the world.
The tomb itself is not covered with a dome, but there are piling numbers of chhatris like a jungle gym on a high platform, and making the roofless terrace on the top floor an open tomb hall.
The building is mostly constructed of red sandstone with limited use of white marble. The central theme is the use of the trabeated system, arcuate forms being adopted mainly for decorative purpose. The ornament consists chiefly of carvings or bold inlay, perforated screen work, and artistically painted design on the walls and ceilings in gold or colours. The architectural style of Akbar is marked by a judicious mix of purely indigenous and foreign forms. The buildings lack domes but there is extensive use of Chhatris.
This tomb is an excellent example of the fusion of Hindu architecture based on the post and beam structure and Islamic architecture based on pure geometry, an unprecedented striking mausoleum came into being.
If we compare this monument with Taj Mahal and other monuments, we can say that Akbar’t tomb is the most Indianized Islamic architecture. This method, called “Akbar Style” was in fact inspired from the buildings in Fatehpur Sikri.
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