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Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

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Fatehpur Sikri, a ghost city is almost 37 km from Agra, Uttar Pradesh in India. One of the must visit place for the tourists to India.

About the City
Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Akbar, who did not have heir at 26. Regarding this, he visited a saint, Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a city called Sikri. His blessing gave Akbar 3 sons. As a gesture, Akbar built a whole new city in Sikri - city dominated by Red Sandstone buildings - the Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri was built during late 16th century by the Emperor Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri or the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal Empire for period of 10 years. The complex houses excellent monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style - an amalgamation of Hindu and Central Asian Architecture. The complex also includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.

Built between 1569 and 1585 and was intended to be the joint capital with Agra, but was soon abandoned because of the critical water system. It remained deserted for over 400 years now and its palaces are a reminder of the extravagance of the Mughals. But the efforts of the Archaeological department has retained many of the old structures of this deserted city.

Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the pinnacle of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Mosque at Fatehpur Sikri is said to be the replica of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to see during one's visit to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is a glorious site. Fatehpur Sikri is now a World Heritage site. The finest monuments within this area are the Diwan - i - Am, Diwan - i - Khas, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti are among the finest specimens of Mughal architecture.

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