Jahangir’s Tomb


Mirza Nur-ud-din Beig Mohammad Khan Salim, known by his imperial name Jahangir was the fourth Mughal Emperor who ruled from 1605 AD until his death in 1627 AD. Among the most powerful in the world, Jahangir enjoyed the pleasurable pursuits of feasts and entertainments, reveling in the company of poets, artists, and singers. Jahangir was fascinated with art, science, and architecture. His interest in portraiture led to much development in this art form. The art of Mughal painting reached great heights under Jahangir’sreign. His interest in the painting also served his scientific interesting nature. The painter Ustad Mansur became one of the best artists to document the animals and plants which Jahangir either encountered on his military campaigns or received as donations from emissaries of other countries. Jahangir patronized the European and Persian arts. The Tomb of Jahangir is a 17th-century mausoleum date from 1637 AD and is located in Shahdara Bagh in Lahore along the banks of the Ravi River. The site is famous for its interiors that are extensively embellished with frescoes and marble, and its exterior that is richly decorated with pietra dura. The tomb, along with the adjacent Akbari Serai and the Tomb of Asif Khan, is part of an ensemble currently on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status.






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