Fatehpur Sikri
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Location India   map
Date 1571 to 1585   timeline
Building Type planned city, planned town
 Construction System masonry, cut stone
Climate tropical
Context rural
Style Hindu and Muslim
Notes The instant city of Emperor Akbar. Hindu-style post and beams roofed with Muslim-style vaults and domes.


Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior


Plan Drawing
Perspective Drawing

Discussion Fatehpur Sikri Commentary

"The mere fact of Fatehpur's 'instant' completion is, of course, prodigious but more impressive to us today are the quality, scale, and diversity of its buildings and the spaces they define. For here is no routine grid of mindless squares, but a series of pulsating urban spaces defined by polite structures. Yet Fatehpur is more successful as a series of vistas and specific spatial encounters than as an overall triumph of urbanism. Its parts are better than the whole: it lacks, for instance, an orienting spine.

"Fatehpur's fresh and innovative architecture, with its vast array of building types represents —like most Moghul building—a fusion of Indian and Islamic cultures. The underlying structure is generally of Hindu post-and-beams, in many cases roofed with Muslim vaults and domes. All is carried out here with cohesive and sympathetic scale: note the 'neighborhood' atmosphere."

— from G.E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p82.

Sources on Fatehpur Sikri

Michael Brand and Glenn D. Lowry. Fatehpur-Sikri. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1987. NA1508.F3I58. perspectival drawing from the lake, fig3.2. Attilio Petruccioli. — edition by Smithsonian Institution Press, June 1988. ISBN 9-9986-7458-1.

Attilio Petruccioli, Thomas Dix. Fatehpur Sikri (Opus, Vol. 5). Axel Menges, December 1996. ISBN 3-4330-2705-6. — includes 31 fine color plates and six plan and section drawings. Available at Amazon.com

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. discussion, p82. streetscape photo, p83. — Available at Amazon.com

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre L'Architecture Universelle. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (suisse), 1977. plan drawing, p397.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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Fatehpur Sikri Visualizationincluding many excellent images from a detailed computer model of the entire town.

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