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Fatehpur Sikri

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Built during the second half of the 16th century by Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal emperors, Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The layout of the complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style based on red sandstone, shows a conscious attempt to produce rich spatial effects by the organization of built forms around open spaces in interesting ways. The Dargah (Jama Masjid) mosque houses the tomb of Sufi saint Salim Chishti. The legend states that as Akbar was not getting any offspring, he prayed through Salim Chisti, who blessed him, after which three sons were born to him. Today the Salim Chishti tomb is still visited by childless women. The Buland Darwaza (Victory Gate) of the Dargah mosque, built to commemorate Akbar's victory in Gujarat, is, at 54 meter, the tallest of its kind in Asia. Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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54m-high gate built to commemorate Akbar's victory in Gujarat, Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Buland Darwaza (Victory Gate), Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Two women walking outside the white marble  Shaikh Salim Chishti tomb. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women making offerings on Shaikh Salim Chishti tomb. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Cloth covering Shaikh Salim Chishti tomb with offered flowers. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Jali (marble lattice screen) in Shaikh Salim Chishti mausoleum. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Tombs in the Dargah (Jama Masjid) mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Prayer hall, Dargah (Jama Masjid) mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Decorated truck. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Ornamental pool and main courtyard. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Lower Haramsara. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Birbal Bhavan pavilion, afternoon. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Stories reducing on the Panch Mahal. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Plinth linked to corners of room by stone bridges, inside Diwan-i-Khas. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Corridor. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Rumi Sultana, entirely covered with carvings. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Young woman with embroided scarf, in front of Rumi Sultana wall. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Women, Pachisi courtyard, and Diwan-i-Khas. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Garden and Pachisi courtyard. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Fields in countryside. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Buland Darwaza (Victory Gate), Asia's largest, Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Buland Darwaza, 54m-high victory gate, Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Detail of door with horseshoes, Dargah (Jama Masjid) mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Family making offering inside Shaikh Salim Chishti mausoleum. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Family making offering on Shaikh Salim Chishti tomb. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Flowers on tomb, Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Elderly bespectacled man. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Tombs, including Islam Khan's in the Jama Masjid mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Wall with shoes stored, Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Arches and prayer hall, Dargah mosque. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Steps of ornamental pool, Panch Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, and main courtyard. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Pachisi courtyard, and Diwan-i-Khas, afternoon. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Birbal Bhavan. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Birbal Bhavan pavilion. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Kiosks. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Panch Mahal. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Facade detail of the Treasury building. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Columns in front of the Treasury building. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Plinth topping stone column, inside Diwan-i-Khas. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Corridor beneath the Panch Mahal building. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Intricate carvings on the Rumi Sultana building. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Carved columns and wall of the Rumi Sultana building. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Group of schoolboys in front of Rumi Sultana. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Young woman with bright scarf, in front of Rumi Sultana motifs. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color) Young women sitting in the center of Ornamental pool. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India ( color)
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