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Futtehpore Sikhri [Buland Darwaza of the Jami Masjid]

Futtehpore Sikhri [Buland Darwaza of the Jami Masjid]

Photographer: Baker, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 938/3(23)

Item number: 938323

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Buland Darwaza of the Jami Masjid, at Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, by William Henry Baker in the 1860s, from the Edward Molyneux Collection: Album entitled 'Indian Photographs'. The Buland Darwaza is set into the south wall of the Jami Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri. This city was built by Akbar (r.1556-1605), the third Mughal ruler of India, between 1571 and 1585. The gate is approached by a steep flight of steps and crowned with a series of domed kiosks, or chhatris. It was probably built to commemorate Akbar's conquest of Gujarat in 1573. The central portico contains three entrances, the largest one, in the centre, is the Horseshoe Gate, so-called because of the custom of nailing horseshoes to its large wooden doors for divine intercession. This view is taken from inside the mosque courtyard

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