General view of the Turkish Baths, Fatehpur Sikri 1003629
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Turkish Baths, in Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1892. Fatehpur Sikri city was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1571 and 1585. The Turkish Baths are situated on the south west of the Diwan-i-Am and next to the Turkish Sultana's House at Fatehpur Sikri. The building is unremarkable from the outside and has no windows, light being admitted by an 'oeil-de-boeuf', in the centre of each roof-dome, covered by a fine grating allowing for ventilation but keeping out the rain. The baths contain polished fresco dado-rails, of a plain coloured panel with striped borders, the colours vary according to the rooms.