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Old 12-28-2005, 12:01 AM
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oh yes, not just gouging out precious stones from the walls but they stripped be-jewelled thrones. But maybe what the Brits did to the buildings wasnt as bad as what they did to the royals, killing the last emperor's sons and grandson and bringing their heads before him! As beautiful as those buildings are, thinking about how the splendid dynasty of their builders ended always makes me sad.

here are some picture of Jehangir's tomb, built by his wife Noor Jehan

MAUSOLEUM OF EMPEROR JEHANGIR

The tomb of the fourth great Mughal Emperor, Jehangir, lies 5 km north-west of Lahore across the River Ravi. It has a majestic structure made of red sand-stone and marble. The outer entrance to the tomb opens out into a court-yard which was used as a caravan Serai during Mughal times. An entrance to the right leads into a Mughal garden with exact geometrical patterns balancing each side.
http://www.tourism.gov.pk/d_lahoretombs.html


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MAUSOLEUM OF EMPEROR JEHANGIR - Interior

The marble tomb is approached from four corridors leading from the garden. Three of these corridors are closed by intricate marble screens. The marble grave is elaborately inlaid with floral designs and the 99 Attributes of Allah are inscribed on its two sides. On the top is a verse from the Holy Quran. The tomb was built by Queen Noor Jehan and the Emperor’s son Shah-Jehan, around 1637 A.D.
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MAUSOLEUM OF EMPEROR JEHANGIR


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NOOR JEHAN'S TOMB

The Empress Noor Jehan, "Light of the world" was the only Empress whose name appeared on the coins of the Mughal empire. She was buried in 1645 A.D. at Shahdara (Lahore) outside Jehangir’s mausoleum across the railway line.

Her tomb once had a marble cenotaph which she had built herself during her life time. After the decline of Mughal rule, the tomb suffered extensive damages along with her husband’s tomb at the hands of Sikh marauders when they gained power during the early part of nineteenth century. Both were stripped of most of its original beauty and splendour. All treasures and tiles, it is said, were carted off to decorate the Golden Temple at Amritsar India.

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