General view of the Hiran Minar, Fatehpur Sikri
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Hiran Minar at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund Williamn Smith in 1893. The city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) from 1571 to 1585. The Hiran Minar, or Elephant Tower, is a circular tower covered with stone projections in the form of elephant tusks. Traditionally it was thought to have been erected as a memorial to the Emperor Akbar's favourite elephant. However, it was probably a used as a starting point for subsequent mile posts.