Fatehpur Sikri, the “City of Victory” 50km south of the Taj Mahal is a remarkable architectural complex. Especially notable is the huge Jama Masjid mosque. Apparently it was once as holy as the one in Mecca.
This complex, now listed as a World Heritage site, was founded in 1569 by the Mughal emperor Akbar. It briefly served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585, when it was abandoned in favour of Lahore.
Only a small part of the town survives today, but originally it possessed several mosques, numerous palaces, the homes of court members, and so on.
Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest 16th-century Mughal architectural heritage sites and a fine example of the marriage of Hindu, Jain and Muslim architectural traditions that influenced so much of India’s urban architecture, as in Old Delhi particularly.
The Jama Masjid mosque, at 165m x 133m, is one of India’s largest mosques. It could accommodate 10,000 worshippers. It was completed in 1571-1572.
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