Futtepore Sikri - Agra

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Situated at about 20 miles from Agra, the ancient capital city of Emperor Akbar the Great, Futtepore Sikri was also the residence of Akbar. Here are the finest of his works which cluster, Acropolis - like, upon the top of a small ridge of hills. The richest of these are three pavilions, said to have been erected for his three favourite sultanas.

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Situated at about 20 miles from Agra, the ancient capital city of Emperor Akbar the Great, Futtepore Sikri was also the residence of Akbar. Here are the finest of his works which cluster, Acropolis - like, upon the top of a small ridge of hills. The richest of these are three pavilions, said to have been erected for his three favourite sultanas.

But his most majestic work is the mosque, sternly grand; the southern gateway of which stands on a rising ground and "when looked at from below is noble" beyond that of any portal attached to any mosque in India, perhaps in the whole world. Futtepore Sikri was the Windsor or Versailles of Moguls.

The material of the buildings is red sandstone, of the richest colour and finest grain. The style, though elaborately ornate, is characterised by an almost grim severity; and so cyclopean are the dimensions and the massiveness of the masonry that they might be the abodes of an extinct race of giants.

This picture seems to convey, "I paused and the moral came home to my heart- Behold how of Earth all the glories depart !"

 
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Futtepore Sikri - Agra

Situated at about 20 miles from Agra, the ancient capital city of Emperor Akbar the Great, Futtepore Sikri was also the residence of Akbar. Here are the finest of his works which cluster, Acropolis - like, upon the top of a small ridge of hills. The richest of these are three pavilions, said to have been erected for his three favourite sultanas.

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