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Notes on the Geography of Pakistan: Jahangir's Tomb: Photo 12

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Rotating 180 degrees, we're looking at Jahangir's tomb, in its own 55-acre gridded garden, or char bagh. What do you think of the building? Nowadays, ideas of tact and sensitivity preclude critical judgments about buildings like this one, which happens to appear on Pakistan's 100-rupee note, but in the past authors spoke their minds. Here's Jahangir's tomb from the gateway. Percy Brown, from the 1930s, wrote: "It is true that some appearance of height is obtained by a handsome minaret rising from each corner, and there was originally a marble pavilion placed in the middle of the platform above, which, when in situ, would have offered a central point of interest. Now short of this feature, which was removed during the Sikh supremacy, the whole composition is singularly ineffective. Efforts were made to improve its appearance by the lavish application of inlaid marbles, glazed tiles, and painted patterns, some of which are remarkably good examples of mural decoration, but no amount of embellishment of this nature can redeem its obvious architectural defects." (Percy Brown, "Monuments of the Mughal Period," Chapter XVIII of The Cambridge History of India, vol. 4, 1938, p. 551.)

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