Baby Taj is not just known as the precursor of India’s crown jewel, Taj Mahal. Also called Itmad-ud-Daula’s tomb, it is the first Mughal monument entirely built from marble. Furthermore, this structure is also the first to extensively use Pietra Dura, a decorative art technique that uses intricately cut and polished stones to make images. Most importantly, this beautiful mausoleum is perhaps the most exquisitely adorned in Agra, and possibly in entire India.
This is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and his wife, Asmat Begum. Mirza came to India from Persia and joined the court of Emperor Akbar. Akbar bestowed him the title Itmad-ud-Daula, which means ‘pillar of the State’. Mirza’s daughter, Nur Jahan, married Jahangir [Read more…]