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Constructed in : 1620

Highlight : One of the oldest mausoleums. Exists from even before the Taj Mahal

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Shapir, Meerut Overview

Shapir or Shahpeer Sahab ki Dargah is a mausoleum in Meerut constructed during Mughal Era by the queen, Noor Jahan. It was built in 1628 to honour a local Muslim Hazrat Shahpeer who is said to be the teacher of the Emperor Jahangir and physician/advisor to the queen.

The garden and adjacent pillars make Shapir a unique location in the city. The monument is built of stark red stones that present a catchy visage in the evening sky. There is a religious fair held here annually during the month of Ramadan, and a large number of people gather here for holding prayers on important days.

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Shapir - History and Architecture

It is a belief that this structure came into plan within 24 hours of the death of Shahpeer. It is one of the oldest tombs (450 years) and has been around even before Taj Mahal was constructed.

Glistening red sandstone is used in the construction of the entire tomb with beautiful carvings of traditional motifs and floral designs. The structure is incomplete without a roof, but there are several arches and pillars near the main tomb which could have been in the original plan to close the structure. Irrespective of being an open to sky roof the rainwater does not reach the main tomb.

There are two different theories on why the structure is incomplete. One of them being that Jahangir left for the war in Kashmir where he breathed his last. And, another being Noor Jahan’s fall out with the saint thereby ordering the construction to stop.

The local 'Raja Ji' Jahagirdar built a gate for this structure in 1829. Currently, this is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and considered as the National Heritage Monument.

How to Reach Shapir

Shapir is located in Suraj Kund area which is the centre of Meerut and very easy to reach. It is 4 KMS away from the main railway junction and also has frequent buses, auto rickshaw, and taxi services.

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