Rajasthan - Fatehpur Sikri - Buland Darwaza

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Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rajastan, India.


Buland Darwaza: Set into the south wall of congregational mosque, the Jama Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri, this stupendous piece of architecture is 54 metre high, from the outside, gradually making a transition to a human scale in the inside. The gate was added some five years later after the completion of the mosque ca. 1576-1577 [14] as an 'victory arch', to commemorate the Akbar's successful Gujarat campaign. It carries two inscriptions in the archway, one of which reads: "Isa(Jesus) Son of Mary said: The world is a bridge, pass over it, but build no houses on it. He who hopes for an hour may hope for eternity. The world endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer, for the rest is unseen". The central portico comprises three arched entrances, with the largest one, in the centre, is known locally as the Horseshoe Gate, after the custom of nailing horseshoes to its large wooden doors for luck.[15] Outside the giant steps of the Buland Darwaza to left is deep well.

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Photo taken in Dadupura, Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 283110, India

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  • Uploaded on December 23, 2007
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    by Paolo Grassi

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