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General view looking westwards across the courtyard of the Jami Masjid towards the prayer hall, Fatehpur Sikri

General view looking westwards across the courtyard of the Jami Masjid towards the prayer hall, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(575)

Item number: 1003575

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of 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. This view shows the courtyard of the mosque looking north-west; with the prayer hall on the left and two tombs on the right. The smaller white marble tomb belongs to the saint, a fine example of intricate marble carving. The other tomb is that of Islam Khan, which contains a number of graves of the saint's male descendents. This tomb is surrounded by thirty-six small domed kiosks. Similar kiosks, also visible in this view, stand in a line along the roof of the mosque and on top of the raised entrances.

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