|Red Taj, Agra ranasafvi.com|
|Red Taj, Tomb of John Hessing. Agra ranasafvi.com|
|Red Taj, Tomb of John Hessing. Agra cityseeker.com|
This not yet well-explored edify also known as John Hessing Tomb is built in Indo-Mogul style. Believe it or not, people have mentioned that because of its simplicity and color of the stone the Red Taj has a unique charm about it which is quite irresistible. The stricture stands on a square platform with a corridor around, and an impressive dome that adds extra beauty to this site.
Inside the central hall lies the grave of John Hessing with a few English inscriptions engraved on his tomb. Inscriptions read: ... the deceased colonel was a Dutchman, who died Commandant of Agra, in his 63rd year, 21 July 1803, just before (Col) Lake's successful siege of the place It is almost a mirror image of the Taj in style and design, but its simple but conventional structure makes it more interesting. Unlike the highly embellished Taj that is big this one is far smaller than the original. The tomb, is believed to have been completed in or about the year of the British conquest.
|Red Taj, Tomb of John Hessing. Agra gen.wikipedia.org|
Devastated and grief-stricken, his wife Ann Hessing wanted to do something in honor of her husband. So, she commissioned this monument almost on the model of the Taj in memory of Hessing, but chose red stone as the main construction material
The Red Taj is no longer a forgotten historical monument of simplicity and beauty. But, it bears testimony to the colonial era when European travelers, traders and and mercenaries lived in India comfortably and got a name for themselves in various Indian kingdoms and proved their loyalty to them. In this respect John Hessing was a military officer who gave his life for the Marathas to save the Agra Fort from the EIC army. The Red Taj or Hessing Tomb is inside Padretola, or Padresanto, a Catholic Christian cemetery in Agra.