Thursday, 9 August 2012

Fabulous Fatehpur Sikri

About 45 minutes from Agra sits a former seat of Mughal power, Fatehpur Sikri. It was built in about 1569, but quickly abandoned by 1585, owing to the mysterious whims of the mighty Mughals. Hey, thanks for building and leaving a great architectural city behind.

It's a meandering courtyard place, consisting of a couple of dozen palaces and fancy common housing. What makes Fatehpur Sikri remarkable are the fine lines of the structures and the beauty of the sandstone.

Sarah, getting our bearings and adding some color. An inviting doorway.

Ah, the Hall of Private Audience (sounds like a bathroom), the Diwan-i-Khas. Wait, that thing inside is called the Throne Pillar. No joke.
A woman's fancy dorm at sunset, Birbal's Palace. The five-tiered wedding cake-like palace, the Panch Mahal.

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