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General view from the south-west of Islam Khan's Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri

General view from the south-west of Islam Khan's Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(569)

Item number: 1003569

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Islam Khan's tomb in the Jami Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. The palace-city complex at Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605); the Jami Masjid was completed in 1572. Akbar built his city close to the saint Shaikh Salim Chisti's refuge, after the saint had successfully predicted the birth of the Emperor's heir, Prince Salim, later Emperor Jahangir. The white marble tomb of the saint sits beside Islam Khan's tomb in the courtyard of the Jami Masjid. The tomb of Islam Khan is a red sandstone building topped by a dome and thirty-six small domed kiosks or chattris. The building contains a number of graves of the saint's male descendents.

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