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Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

About Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar

The Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar was the final resting place of the third Mughal Emperor, Abu Akbar, known as Akbar the Great (1542-1605). Having succeeded to the throne from his father Humayun at the age of thirteen, Emperor Akbar is known for having been an effective leader, recapturing much of the land lost by his predecessors and vastly expanding the empire.

Emperor Akbar was also a Muslim leader of a mostly Hindu nation and was famously tolerant of all religions, abolishing discriminatory laws and taxes. The Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar was started by Akbar and completed by his son. Beautifully ornate and neatly symmetrical, it reflects both Muslim and Indian influences including combining traditional red sandstone with Islamic elements such as its four minarets.

Visitors enter the Mausoleum of Emperor Akbar via the aptly titled “Gateway of Magnificence” and can view the Akbar’s grave.