Nizam-ud-Din Auliya Shrine Complex
Delhi, India
The ancient Muslim neighborhood of Nizam ud Din, near Humayun's tomb in eastern Delhi, grew around the tomb and shrine (dargah) of the saint, Shaikh Nizam-ud-din (1236-1325). The tomb sits in a walled enclosure at the center of the neighborhood accessed only by small alleys and passages. The tomb, an important destination for pilgrims to this day, has been rebuilt many times. The present structure is based on the edifice built during the reign of Akbar, in 1562, but it has been renovated and embellished repeatedly. The tomb stands close to other buildings, and sits on the courtyard of a large mosque. The enclusure also contains smaller tombs dedicated to Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan, and to Amir Khusrau, the poet and thinker who was a disciple of Nizam ud Din. The tomb is square in plan, with marble screens (jalis) supported by carved pillars.


Tillotson, G.H.R. 1990. Mughal India, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 49.

Asher, Catherine. 1992. The New Cambridge History of India: Architecture of Mughal India. Cambridge University Press, 34-35, 41-42.
Delhi, India
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Late medieval Mughal period (15th and 16th century)
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Nizamuddin Awliya Village
Nizam ud Din Shrine Complex
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