Buland Darwaza


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Buland Darwaza
Buland Darwaza

The gigantic gateway Buland Darwaza or the Lofty Gate looms over the courtyard of the mosque. It is also known as the Gate of Magnificence. It was built by Akbar following his victory in battle in 1573 - when Gujarat fell to him. The walled city of Fatehpur Sikri is dominated by this stupendous structure.

Buland Darwaza erected in 1602 AD as Akbar won over Deccan . The Darwaza rises to a height of 40 metres and is topped by pillars and Chhatris. It is the most Islamic structure in Fatehpur Sikri and echoes early Mughal design with simple ornamentation, the carved verses from the Koran and soaring arches. On the outside a long flight of steps sweeps down the hill giving the gateway additional height.

The inscription is not only famous for its calligraphy, but also throws light on Akbar's religious broad - mindedness. The inscription is a message from Jesus Christ advising his followers not to consider this world as their permanent home. On the outside a long flight of steps sweeps down the hill giving the gateway additional height.