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General view of the west side of Fatehpur Sikri

General view of the west side of Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(522)

Item number: 1003522

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. The palace city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) from 1571 to 1585. The entire complex is built of locally quarried red sandstone, known as Sikri sandstone. This is a general view looking towards the city, with the Hiran Minar, at the left. Reproduced in photogravure in E.W. Smith, 'The Moghul architecture of Fathpur-Sikri' (4 vols, Allahabad, 1894-98), vol 3, pl. 57, where the following buildings are identified (left to right): Baths and the mint beyond, Diwan-i-Khas, Waterworks, Hathi Pol and Sangin Burj, Birbal's House, Darogha's Quarters with stables to left, Caravanserai.

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