General view of the Bara Gumbad, Delhi.
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Bara Gumbad, Delhi from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken in the 1880s and attributed to Henry Hardy Cole. The Lodi sultans were an Afghan dynasty who ruled over Delhi between 1451 and 1526 after the fall of the Sayyids. Tombs are the most significant monuments of both the Lodi and Sayyid periods and many were built in a necropolis now known as the Lodi Gardens, including that of Sikander Lodi (r.1489-1517). This tomb was believed to have been built in 1490 by a Lodi noble and taken over in 1494 by Sikander Lodi as an entrance to his mosque. The tomb is square with an imposing dome and arched recesses which give it the appearance of two-storeys . Adjoining the tomb is the mosque, known as Bara Gumbad mosque.