Moti Bagh
Agra, UP - 282006

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Itmad-ud-Daula, also known as the Baby Taj, is a Mughal mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. Built between 1622 and 1628, Itmad-ud-Daula is often regarded as a precursor to the Taj Mahal due to its architectural similarities and intricate marble work.

Commissioned by Nur Jahan, the wife of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, Itmad-ud-Daula was constructed in memory of her father, Mirza Ghiyas Beg, who held the title of Itmad-ud-Daula, meaning "Pillar of the State." The mausoleum is renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship, delicate marble inlay work, and intricate Persian-inspired designs.

The structure of Itmad-ud-Daula is built predominantly from white marble, with intricate floral motifs, geometric patterns, and calligraphic inscriptions adorning its walls and domes. The mausoleum is set amidst lush gardens, reflecting pools, and pathways, creating a serene and picturesque ambiance for visitors.

One of the most striking features of Itmad-ud-Daula is its use of pietra dura, a decorative art form that involves inlaying semi-precious stones into marble to create intricate designs and patterns. The mausoleum's walls and ceilings are adorned with colorful floral motifs, arabesques, and calligraphy, showcasing the mastery of Mughal artisans.

Inside the mausoleum, visitors can find the cenotaphs of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and his wife Asmat Begum, surrounded by delicate marble screens (jalis) and finely carved marble latticework. The interior chambers are adorned with intricate floral patterns and Quranic verses, creating a sense of tranquility and reverence.

Itmad-ud-Daula is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction in Agra, drawing visitors from around the world who come to admire its beauty, craftsmanship, and historical significance. It is often included in tours of Agra's other iconic landmarks, such as the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, offering visitors a glimpse into the rich architectural heritage of the Mughal era.

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