Sabz Burj

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    In Context 

    • Using traditional craftsmanship and high-tech scanning  Mughal-era monument Sabz Burj in Delhi has been conserved after nearly four years of painstaking labour.

    About Sabz Burj 

    • Built in the 1530s, Sabz Burj is one of the earliest Mughal era buildings in India. 
    • It is called Sabz (green) Burj but covered with turquoise blue tiles. 
      • Experts say that the name of the monument might have originated through local folklore.
    • The tomb’s outer dome is dotted with glazed tiles and displays unique geometric and interlacing patterns in different colours and forms a prominent part of the neighbourhood’s skyline.
    • It is standing at the entrance to Humayun’s Tomb.
    • It demonstrates Timurid architectural style synonymous with Central Asia.
    • The monument was used as a police station in the early 20th century. 

    Image courtesy: TH

    Significance

    • It is of immense significance due to the ceiling on its double-dome structure painted in pure gold and lapiz.
    • It is thought to be the earliest surviving painted ceiling for any monument in India.

    Source: TH