View of corbelling supporting the domes in chapels in the liwan of the Jami Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri 1003589
Photographer: Smith, Edmund William
Medium: Photographic print
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. The saint's white marble tomb, a fine example of marble decoration, is situated in the Jami Masjid's courtyard. This is a close-up view of the corbelling in a corner of one of the side chapels in the liwan (sanctuary) or main part of the mosque. The corbelling is constructed across the upper angles of the room, converting its square shape into an octagon, and providing support for the circular dome above.