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Fathpur Sikri Revisited$
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Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198084037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084037.001.0001

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The Chronology of Construction

The Chronology of Construction

(p.46) Chapter 3 The Chronology of Construction
Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Oxford University Press

Basing on contemporary literary sources, visual sources like miniatures, and the archaeological evidence, a chronological order of construction is tried to be established. There appears to have been, broadly speaking, three phases of construction: the pre-1570, 1571 to 1577, and then the post-1578 period. Amongst the initial constructions we have buildings like the Rang Mahal and the Masjid-i Sangtarashan. The Hathipol, the so-called Birbal’s Palace, and the so-called Jodhabai Palace belong to the second phase, while the courtyard of the Anuptalao, the daftarkhana, and the diwan-i am are probably from the third phase. The encompassing walls were still being built when Fathpur ceased to be the capital of the empire. The structures towards the lake are pre-Akbari.

Keywords:   Qushkhana, Hada Mahal, naqqarkhana, Hathipol, daulatkhana, Rang Mahal, Birbal’s Palace, Jodhabai Palace, Anuptalao

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