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View looking south from the Diwan-i-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri

View looking south from the Diwan-i-Khas, Fatehpur Sikri

Photographer: Smith, Edmund William

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1893

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(614)

Item number: 1003614

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Fatehpur Sikri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Edmund William Smith in 1893. This is a view from the Diwan-i-Khas (Private Audience Hall) looking across the courtyard to the Panch Mahal (Tower of Winds). The palace city of Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) from 1571 to 1585. The entire complex is built of locally quarried red sandstone, known as Sikri sandstone. The Panch Mahal is a five storey building, the tiers gradually diminish in size, the final one is a single chhatri. Originally pierced stone screens faced the fa├žade, and probably sub-divided the interior as well, suggesting it was built for the ladies of the court.

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