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This tomb, widely known as the "Baby Taj," is the burial place of Mizra Ghiyas Beg, a Persian nobleman and high official in the Mughal empire, often known by his nickname Itimad-ud-Daulah, which means "Pillar of the State." He rose to great prominence during the reign of Jahangir, who ruled from 1605-1627. (Beg's granddaugher was Mumtaz Mahal, the queen of Shah Jahan for whom the Taj Mahal was built.) The tomb was built between 1622 and 1628 by his daughter. It was the first all-marble Mughal structure and is notable for the the widespread use of pietra dura in the decoration of the tomb, which is a highly delicate stone inlay technique that can be seen at the Taj Mahal and other later Mughal monuments. While not off the tourist path entirely, this is an underappreciated site, and anyone staying in Agra for longer than the obligatory trip to the Taj Mahal should consider a visit.

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  • recorded January 2010
  • uploaded Feb 28, 2010
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