Chini ka Rauza in AgraChini ka Rauza is one of the important monuments of Agra. It's a mausoleum that is situated in Itmadpur, at one km distance from tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah and is very close to Taj Mahal. Located at the eastern bank of river Yamuna, the tomb is dedicated to Allama Afzal Khan.
Mulla Shukrullah Shirazi or Afzal Khan was then prime minister in the court of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was also a famous poet. He wrote poetry under the pseudonym of 'Allami'. It is said that he built his own mausoleum following the tartary tradition, in 1639 with elaborate ornamentation.
The monument justifying its name is made with glazed tiles china and mud. The tomb is built with combination of Afghan style and Persian architecture and is the only monument in India that is built with this unique combination.
Most of the tomb is in ruins and only major parts of the main tomb survived. The original tomb had two gates, one in north and the other in south. The shape of tower was octagonal and rose as a three storeyed tower near the ghat.
Both interior and exterior of the tomb displays its unique architecture with colorful intricate work is found in the brackets, balcony and on chajja. The arches of the tomb are decorated with intricate designs including orange and blue tiles.
There is no entry fee to visit this monument. The tomb is open from sunrise to sunset but may be closed on national and local holidays so it is better to check before visiting.
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