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The tomb was commissioned by Shah Jahan, who seems to have had little interest in it, perhaps because he was none too overwrought by the death of his father. But the now-vanished upper level impressed early European visitors. One Baron Charles Hugel came by in 1836 and wrote, "there is nothing of its kind in India more elegant, than the terrace which runs round the roof of the building, formed entirely of pietra dura, and having an open balustrade of marble." (C. Hugel, Travels in Kashjmir and the Panjab, 1845, quoted in F.S. Aijazuddin's Lahore: Illustrated Views of the 19th Century, 1991, p. 33.) Two years later, Fanny Eden came by and wrote that "the tomb has fine minarets and inside and outside is inlaid with coloured stones in small patterns. It covers an enormous space of ground but like all fine buildings in this country is going fast to decay." (Aijazuddin, p. 34, quoting a manuscript letter in the India Office Library, London.)

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