Chausath Khamba, Delhi

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Chausat Kambha is a tomb in Delhi, built by Mirza Aziz Koka – son of Ataga Khan who was the prime minister of emperor Akbar, as a tomb for himself during th year 1623-24. Chausat Kambha, named after the two Urdu words Chausat and Kambha which mean '64 pillars' respectively was construed during the rule of Jahangir in Delhi.

Present in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, Chausat Kambha is a square structure built out of white marble and consists of 64 columns that support 25 bays, each of which support a dome. These domes are inside the building structure the roof of which appears flat from the outside.

Declared a heritage structure, this monument is part of the Nizamuddin religious complex. Also, present in the monument's vicinity are other heritage structures like the tomb of Ataga Khan, the URS Mahal – an assembly hall and the Mirza Ghalib Tomb – the tomb of renowned Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. And close by the tomb of Ghalib, there is the Ghalib Academy housing an Urdu literature library and a museum showcasing the works and collections of artworks and paintings of Mirza Ghalib.

 

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