Saturday, September 26, 2009

Chini Ka Roza

Situated about two-three furlongs from the ltmad-Ud-Daulah on the same side of river Jamuna, Chini Ka Roza is is a rectangular structure, having beautiful title work in glazing colors, and is surrounded by a great bulbous dome. There are two cenotaphs in its center, one of Shukruilahteredirt, who became the Finance minister of Shahjahan, who died in Lahore in 1639 A.D. After his death, his dead body was brought from Lahore and was graved here. On the top of the chamber some Quranic texts are inscribed on it. Although it is in a decrepit condition, but still its craftsmanship is worth seeing.

Constructed in the 16th century by Allama Afzal Jhan Shukhrullah of Shiraz, Prime Minister of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and a well-known poet, every piece of the monument is decorated with bright color schemes, known as 'Chini ka Roza'. This historical site is 1 KM away from Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb. Chini-ka-Rauza is measured as a landmark in Indo-Persian architecture, as it is the very first construction in India that has been solely decorated by the glazed tile works. The most characteristic feature of the tomb is the colorful tiles or chini, from which the tomb gets its name. The shape of this tomb is rectangular and is constructed mainly of brown stone.

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