Deep within the old Roman Catholic cemetery in Agra, where few venture, is a two storied mausoleum dedicated to a Dutch adventurer, who was once the Commander of the Agra fort. The locals call it the Red Taj Mahal, as they believe it’s a near replica of the original, much more famous one.
Commissioned by his wife, Anne Hessing, in 1803, the tomb is designed in the Mughal style in red sandstone and stands on a raised platform. It has a beautiful double dome and slender turrets. The grave of Hessing, with engraved English inscriptions stands in the central hall. However, unlike the Taj Mahal, it does not have any minarets or decorative inlay work on the walls.
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