Barakhamba, a tomb in Delhi’s Hauz Khas neighbourhood
As one of the most historic cities in the world, Delhi is awash with monuments and ruins, many sitting innocuously within modern day neighbourhoods. Quite a few are tombs and cenotaphs that were built between the 13th and 16th centuries, a time when Delhi was the seat of an Islamic Sultanate headed by chiefs of Turkic and Afghan origin. This one is Barakhamba, featuring an especially popular design (there are at least two more Barakhambas surviving elsewhere in the city) that comprises of a dome supported on twelve (‘Bara’) pillars (‘Khamba’). Believed to date to the 15th century, Barakhamba, like many of its peers, now finds itself anchoring a local park, leading a quiet existence.

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