The Largest Gate in the World

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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Taken on November 10, 2007
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