Maneesh Foto

Maneesh Foto

Posted on 12/20/2009

Photo taken on December 30, 2007

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Buland Darwaza

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Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza
The Buland Darwaza or the "Lofty Gate" is a magnificent structure built in red sandstone with decorations in white marble and looms over the courtyard of the mosque. It has calligraphic inscriptions from the Quran on its front and pillars and chattris on its roof. What you see above is one of the twin doors of the Gate.

This triumphal arch was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, when he defeated the king of Khandesh (modern day Gujarat) in 1573. The semioctagonal structure of the Buland Darwaza is 40.84 meters (approx 134 feet) high. It stands on a platform that is 13.52 metres (or 44 feet) high, which requires 42 steps to be climbed to reach its top, from where the gate itself starts.

It is the most Islamic structure in Fatehpur Sikri and echoes early Mughal design with simple ornamentation, carved verses from the Koran and soaring arches. The inscriptions are not only famous for its calligraphy, but one of the inscriptions is attributed to Jesus Christ and it reads, "The World is but a bridge, pass over but build no houses on it."

Here you can see the Darwaza from the outside.