Published on: November 18, 2021




Conservation Of Delhi’s Sabz Burj Complete


  • Called Sabz (green) Burj, but covered with turquoise blue tiles.
  • Used as a police station of Nizamuddin area in the 20th century
  • Lost its original grandeur after being subjected to insensitive architectural interventions
  • Lies to the west of Humayun’s Tomb and serves as a gateway
  • Said to be built in the 1530s
  • No record of who built the tomb and for whom
  • Demonstrates Timurid architectural style synonymous with Central Asia and is double-domed like Humayun’s Tomb.
  • 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.
  • Lotus finial atop the dome and the neck, however, consist of green tiles
  • The incised plasterwork also gives a hint of green colour in parts.
  • Conservation work at the monument was carried out by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in partnership with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and funded by Havells