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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 Official City

The Official City

(p.56) Chapter 4 The Official City
Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Oxford University Press

The ‘official’ city was divided into two sections: the palace and the bureaucratic establishments. The palace itself can be subdivided into three or four distinct zones: the male quarters, the female quarters, the buffer zone in between, and the princes’ quarters. The royal zone was further divided into public, semi-public, and private areas. The ladies’ quarters were cordoned off from all directions with heavy, protective walls. The simplest of the palaces were the quarters assigned to the princes and were situated to the south-east of the palatial complex. All around these palaces were the bureaucratic offices, karkhanas, record offices, royal perfumery, and stables for the horses, camels, elephants, and leopards. If the palace structures were built of red sandstones, the bureaucratic structures were generally built of stone rubble.

Keywords:   official city, royal palace, daulatkhana, male quarters, shabistan-i iqbal, zenankhana, female quarters, princes’ quarters, bureaucratic establishments, offices, stables, perfumery, records office, leopard cells

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