Mausoleum of Ruku-ud-din Moulton
Photographer: Baker, William Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the mausoleum of Rukn-ul-din, known as the Rukn-ul-Alam in Multan, the Punjab, Pakistan, taken by William Henry Baker in the 1860s. The Mausoleum of Rukn-ul-din, or Rukh-i-Alam ('Pillar of the World'), may be seen on the left of the photograph. This tomb is one of the finest achievements of the Multan builders. It is believed to have been executed by order of Ghiyas al-Din Tughluq (r.1325-51), Sultan of Delhi, between the years 1320 and 1324. This domed structure has an octagonal plan with battered walls and sloped turrets. The exterior is decorated with glazed tiles and and string courses; the dark blue, azure and white tiles stand out against the red bricks.