Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Fatehpur Sikri

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features Persian-Indian wonder that is the Fatehpur Sikri.)

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra, India

This spectacular structure, known as Fatehpur Sikri, is a huge temple/fort/castle complex located in the dry plains of north-central India, about an hour outside of Agra (home of the famous Taj Mahal). I decided to visit it because from the pictures I saw , the architecture is remarkably different from anything I had seen yet. It turns out, the design of the structure is indeed unique. The Mughal rulers that commissioned it originally wanted Persian design to pervade the nooks and crannies of the buildings. However, Indian aesthetic clearly made its way to the fore, resulting in a very distinct Mughal style. Fatehpur Sikri remains to be one of the best preserved examples of Mughal architecture.

What kinds of architecture fascinate you the most? Has design and architecture inspired any of your travels?

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