Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri


Panch Mahal is a beautiful palace in Fatehpur Sikri in Agra. Fatehpur Sikri was founded as the capital city by the great Mughal emperor Akbar. The city was founded in the year 1571 and it was called the city of victory and Buland Darwaza was added to it as a sign of victory. The entire city is made of red sandstone as was the practice during the reign of Akbar the great. There are many beautiful monuments in the city and Panch Mahal is one of them. This city gives you a glimpse of architecture during the rule of Akbar.

Panch Mahal is a five-story building as the name suggests. The structure was used for entertainment & leisurely activities as it was near the queens’ palace. It is an amazing structure and was influenced by the Buddhist temple. On the ground floor of the structure, there are 84 columns on which the whole structure stands and the four stories decreasing asymmetrically as they approach the ground floor. There were jails in between the columns earlier which worked as screens.

There is a pool in front of the Panch Mahal and it has a bridge which would have been used for musical concerts at that time. You get a majestic view of the entire fort on its left. This shows that this building was used for many purposes at that time. It is made of the red sandstone. The number of columns decreases as we move upward and the topmost story has four columns and has a dome on it. There are beautiful designs carved on these pillars and they are a treat to watch. It has many entrances from different sides and there are beautiful designs on the wall. You can visit this monument at any time from sunrise to sunset.

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Panch Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri


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