12 March 2012

Fatehpur Sikri

Built around 1571 by Emperor Akbar, this palace complex was only inhabited by this Emperor until about 1585 when Akbar left to fight the Afghan tribes and find a new capital- Lahore. It was only ever inhabited by one other -Jahangir, who stayed here hoping to stay away from the plague that devastated Agra. Fatehpur Sikri is an incredible collection of buildings - residences for his wives, mosques, etc. I found the architecture to be quite unlike what we had seen throughout India thus far, yet I later noticed a few landmark locations in Agra had a similar style, including the beautiful brick red color.

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