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37 km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was a splendid example of town planning and craftsmanship. Most of the buildings are made up of red sandstone due to easy availability. The town is fortified on three sides with eight gateways and has an artificial lake on the fourth side. The monuments here can be classified into four main categories - The Sacred Complex, The Royal Complex, The Imperial Harem and Other Monuments.

This picture is from inside the Jami Masjid or the Friday Mosque, which is one of the most beautiful and largest mosques of the world. This elegant building is the most sacred building and the principal mosque of the town and thus situated on the highest point of the ridge where Fatehpur Sikri is situated. In fact, the Buland Darwaja and the Tomb of the famous Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti are a part of this spacious mosque complex. Built in the supervision of the saint himself and his descendants, it was completed in 1571.

There are two entrances to the Jama Masjid. The Buland Darwaza is the main entrance, and is the bigger of the two. The other entrance, called Badshahi Darwaza (Emperor’s Gate), which can be seen in the BG through the central arched door, was the royal entranceway used by Emperor Akbar to enter the mosque.

Aah...& before I forget to mention about about the hanging lamp...brought it out thanks to RAW & LR! Hope my decision to bring it out was correct!

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