Chini ka Rauza, Agra
This is a unique example of architecture with glazed tiles. The building is a mausoleum of Afzal Khan. Afzal was a poet in Jagangir’s court and he was promoted as the prime minister of Shah Jagan’s court. This building has architectural techniques that were used by Romans. It is on the banks of Yamuna and was built in the 17th century. It is a different styled Mughal era building. The architecture is almost ruined due to the weather. The enamel works inside the building were peeled off due to the climatic condition.
The pietra dura inlay work with enamel inside the building is almost damaged, yet attracts a lot of people who are interested in architecture. The inlay works has different colours that are not usually seen in Mughal styled buildings like turquoise, green, yellow and orange. Inside the tomb, you can find inscriptions from the Holy Quran. It is an example of Indo Persian architecture built for the Persian poet.
Though not a lot of people visit this marvel, it is an example of long-gone styles and designs. It is said that this is the first building in the country in its style. The building faces Mecca. The entrance to this tomb is free and is open all throughout the day.