Jul 30, 2011

Panoramic View of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra District, Uttar Pradesh - 1860's

The historical city of Fatehabad, as Fatehpur Sikri was first named, was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570. It was built in honour of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti who lived in a cavern on the ridge at Sikri, and foretold the birth of his son, who was named Prince Salim after the saint. He later succeeded Akbar to the throne of the Mughal Empire, as Emperor Jahangir. Fatehabad later acquired the name Fatehpur, and gave rise to present name Fatehpur Sikri. It was the first planned city of the Mughals and also the first one designed in Mughal architecture, an amalgamation of Indian architecture, Persian and Islamic architecture. It served as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 until 1585. Though the court took 15 years to build, it was abandoned after only 14 years because the water supply was unable to sustain the growing population and unrest in the North-West.
Today, the complex of buildings, including the extant royal palaces, courts and the Jama Masjid is a popular tourist attraction, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

 Palace at Fatehpur Sikri, General view of Great Gateway of the Musjid

 Panoramic View from the top of the Paunch Mahal looking North-East

Panoramic view looking due North from the Top of the Paunch Mahal

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