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The Largest Gate in the World

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This is the larger than life Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri, in the far north of India. I spent a long time around here, looking at all of Akbar's Mughal architecture from every angle. I pictured many a fantastic battle being fought for control of the palace and inner cloister.

It's the highest gateway in the world and you can easily see the detail of the red sandstone and the inlayed white marble, which still has remarkable architecture, even though it has been there for over 400 years. A very close look uncovers verses from the Koran, winding their way up and around the towers.

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  1. gOaL_gUy 76 months ago | reply

    Its awesome :)

  2. Visentico / Sento 76 months ago | reply

    OMG!

    More than great and amazing, awesome!

  3. grnhswgrdn 76 months ago | reply

    I love it, it's so beautifully detailed with such harmonious colors.

  4. Garion88 76 months ago | reply

    Great, I love it!

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  5. satosphere 76 months ago | reply

    Typical village scene -especially with the goat in the middle

    Amazing thing is that it is in Delhi...

  6. doreya 76 months ago | reply

    love the perspective!!

  7. Rokstok 76 months ago | reply

    did you see the giant wasp nests in the top of the alcove? (i was here about 2 weeks ago)

  8. Dama Azul 76 months ago | reply

    Impressive photo, very beautiful.

  9. Adarsh Bhat [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

    I notice that you have tagged the image with 'Hindu' and 'Hinduism.' Akbar was definitely born Islamic, although he was tolerant to other religions. He ended up forming his own little known religion. But the architecture is surely more Islamic, nothing Hindu.

  10. Eric.Parker 76 months ago | reply

    And some of the largest wasp's nests up in those arches as well
    fabulous shot
    eric

  11. mliebenberg 76 months ago | reply

    Double Wow... awesome shot Trey! That wide-angle lens sure came in handy! Is this what we term a Vertorama?

  12. eye of einstein 76 months ago | reply

    fairly amazing

    well captured

    wow..

  13. eye of einstein 76 months ago | reply

    fairly amazing

    well captured

    wow..

    aptly commented vertorama

  14. ievakise 74 months ago | reply

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  15. ~~ `Nostalgia' ~~ 64 months ago | reply

    NICE CAPTURE~~~~~~~~~~

    Please join the group. I love to have this special one

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  16. powerwasher 61 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called HDR Dreams - Only HDR Pictures - Mandatory Post - 1, Award - 3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. themargi 57 months ago | reply

    stunning.
    i havent seen any better

  18. khansaeedahmed 34 months ago | reply

    Realised that I visited and seen this gate but never viewed it like this.

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