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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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Residential Houses

Residential Houses

(p.91) Chapter 5 Residential Houses
Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Oxford University Press

The chapter first deals with the literary information on the residential houses in the city. There appears to have been two types of these structures: private residences and official residences. The first were located in various neighbourhoods in the city, while the second were generally located in the bureaucratic area around the palace complex. Some examples of both the types have been excavated and the results of these excavations are included in this chapter. The nobles’ houses generally were organized around two courtyards, one forming the male quarter, while the other, with much more elaborate constructions at the back, being used as female quarters. In the male quarter were also located pavilions and water tanks. Elaborate baths and toilets were also part of these residential structures, official or private.

Keywords:   residences, nobles’ house, mardankhana, zenankhana, hammam, lavatory, toilet, excavations, flower beds

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