General view from the Panch Mahal, looking south-west towards the Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Fatehpur Sikri, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Fatehpur Sikri was built the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1571 and 1585. The city was founded here to celebrate Shaikh Salim Chisti's prophesy of the birth of Akbar's son and heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. This is a general view of the city, taken from the Panch Mahal, or Tower of the Winds, looking south-west towards the Buland Darwaza, that is set into the south wall of the Jami Masjid.