We are only familiar about Taj Mahal as it is a one-of-its-kind architecture in the world. In fact, the contemporary world is more familiar about Shah Jahan due to this architecture. However, the era of this Mughal Emperor was considered as a 'Golden Age' for architectures. He built many structures during his rule and today they are a little overshadowed by the renowned Taj Mahal. In this article, we are discussing about the monuments built by Shah Jahan other than Taj Mahal.
Red Fort or Lal Quila is one of the most-famous monuments in Delhi. It is situated in the Old Delhi which was called as Shahjahanabad during the reign of Mughal Empire. Red Fort is one of the architectures built by Shah Jahan. It served as a royal residence of Mughal Emperors for many years. Today, Red Fort is one of the top tourist places to visit in Delhi.
Jama Masjid in Delhi
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Jama Masjid, Delhi
The striking image of tall minarets, domes and a vast courtyard of Jama Masjid allures us. Deemed as one of the largest mosques in India, the Masjid-i Jahan-Numa (the World-Reflecting Mosque) is a monument built by Shah Jahan. It is said that the Emperor had spent 1 million to build this mosque.
Agra Fort was constructed much earlier than Akbar's time. However, it was it was totally renovated during the time of Shah Jahan. It is said that Shah Jahan demolished many structures inside Agra Fort and built new ones. In fact, most of the architecture which is seen today is made by Shah Jahan. Though it is a World Heritage Site, Agra Fort is highly over-shadowed by its neigbhouring monument of Taj Mahal.
Jama Masjid in Agra
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Jama Masjid in Agra
Jama Masjid at Agra looks a little similar to Jama Masjid in Delhi. It was built in the honour of Jahanara Begum, beloved daughter of Shah Jahan. The Jama Masjid or the Friday Mosque is one of the best monuments in Agra.
Moti Masjid - Agra Fort
Moti Masjid is yet another marble structure located inside Agra Fort. It was built for the purpose of the members of the administration. Moti Masjid got the name as 'Pearl Mosque' because of its pristine glow. It is also one of the beautiful monuments built by Shah Jahan other than Taj Mahal.
Apart from these architectures, there are a few others like Jahangir Mausoleum, Shalimar Gardens, a part of Lahore Fort and Moti Masjid which are located in Pakistan.
We tend to know only about the most famous structure but not the other a little-lesser known ones. These amazing monuments show us the passion and love for the architecture that Shah Jahan had. So, don't miss out on these destinations when you go to Delhi Tour or Agra Tour!