Upper terrace of Akbar's mausoleum, Sikandra
The mausoleum of the Mughal emperor Akbar is set in a huge square garden surrounded by battlemented walls with red sandstone central gateways. The ground-level storey comprises a set of arched recesses with a tall rectangular central gateway topped by a marble kiosk above. The burial chamber lies deep within the building and on the top floor is a replica tomb, placed exactly above the grave further below, inscribed with the ninety-nine names of Allah and carved from a single block of marble. During Akbar's reign he encouraged a synthesis of Hindu and Islamic artistic traditions and his tomb may be seen as a culmination of this style. The building remained unfinished at his death and was completed by his son Jahangir.