Buland Darwaza

The Buland Darwaza (gateway) at Fatehpur Sikri or was built to commemorate Akbar’s victory and subjugation of the Deccan

The Buland Darwaza (gateway) at Fatehpur Sikri or was built to commemorate Akbar’s victory and subjugation of the Deccan.

It is one of the highest gateways in the world and is a splendid example of the beauty of Mughal architecture. This gate provides an entrance into the courtyard around the Jama Masjid mosque at Fatehpur Sikri. This gate was built in the year 1601 and till date stands tall and in very good condition.

This gate is a perfect emblem of the grandeur of the Mughal empire during Akbar’s reign.

The Fatehpur Sikri – Buland Darwaza stands on the highest point of a ridge, its height is 40.84 m and the platform on which it is built is 13.52 m in height. It has a layout plan that is semi octagonal which is similar to many Islamic structures.

There are two three storeyed wings on both sides of the main gate. The archway in the centre is richly decorated with band of broad yellow buff sandstone. The borders are of panels of red sandstone and on the bottom there are two square panels on both sides with black and white inlay work of marble.

The pattern of the arch is very similar to that of the Jama Masjid. There are three kiosks on the top surrounded with smaller domed kiosks which are thirteen in number. There are smaller turrets which surround the gateway and increase its magnificence to a great extent.

There are three actual openings bordered by decorative panels and three other arched openings superimposed on it which have a semi dome on top.

Buland Darwaza at Fatehpursikri

The Buland Darwaza (gateway) at Fatehpur Sikri or was built to commemorate Akbar’s victory and subjugation of the Deccan.

Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur sikri

Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur sikri

Fatehpur sikri outside Buland Darwaza

Fatehpur sikri outside Buland Darwaza

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