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General view looking westwards from the top of the Buland Darwaza towards the modern town, with the Diving Well in the foreground, Fatehpur Sikri

General view looking westwards from the top of the Buland Darwaza towards the modern town, with the Diving Well in the foreground, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(574)

Item number: 1003574

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Diving Well beside the Jami Masjid in Fatehpur Sikri, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This view is taken from the Buland Darwaza, or Victory Gate, 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 Jhalra, a rainwater reservoir, is also known as the diving well, due to the tradition of people diving from the parapet of the Jami Masjid, a height of about 80 feet.

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