Buland Darwaza

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Buland Darwaza (, , ), meaning 'high' or 'great' gate in Persian, is the largest of gateways in the world. It is located in Fatehpur Sikri which is located 43 km away from Agra, India. It is also known as the "Gate of Magnificence".


The Buland Darwaza towers above the courtyard of the mosque. The Buland Darwaza is semi octagonal in plan and is topped by pillars and chhatris. Buland Darwaza echoes early Mughal design with simple ornamentation, carved verses from the Qur`an and towering arches. There are thirteen smaller domed kiosks on the roof, stylized battlement and small turrets and inlay work of white and black marble. On the outside a long flight of steps sweeps down the hill giving the gateway additional height. A Persian inscription on eastern archway of the Buland Darwaza records Akbar's conquest over Deccan in 1601 A.D.It is a superb gateway, 40 metres high and 50 metres from the ground. The total height of the Structure is about 54 metres from the ground level.It is the highest gateway in India. It is made up of real sandstone and decorated with beautiful carvings and inlay work in white marble.A verse from the teachings of Jesus Christ was also included in the inscriptions revealing the religious tolerance and broadmindedness of Akhbar.It is a 15-storied high gateway that guards the southeren enterence of the city of not Fatehpur Sikri.Buland Darwaza.

Buland Darwaza or the loft gateway was built by the great...
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