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37 km from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was a splendid example of town planning and craftsmanship. Most of the buildings are made up of red sandstone due to easy availability. The town is fortified on three sides with eight gateways and has an artificial lake on the fourth side. The monuments here can be classified into four main categories - The Sacred Complex, The Royal Complex, The Imperial Harem and Other Monuments.

This picture is from inside the Jami Masjid or the Friday Mosque, which is one of the most beautiful and largest mosques of the world. This elegant building is the most sacred building and the principal mosque of the town and thus situated on the highest point of the ridge where Fatehpur Sikri is situated. There are two entrances to the Jama Masjid. The Buland Darwaja is the main & bigger entrance. There were a lot of tourists that day but most of them were concentrated near the Tomb of the famous Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chishti , which is a part of this spacious mosque complex.

It was generally darkish inside the corridors, with light falling through the high windows & coming through the arched doorways creating a fine atmosphere. As I walked past, I saw the light falling from the arched window at the top, just like a spotlight in a theater set. I chanced my luck & waited in the shadows, camera ready for someone to pass through the ‘spotlight’. I was rewarded with something better, as you can see here.

My 500th Post, & the spotlight is on me...at least that’s what I would like to believe myself!

Thank you all in TE, more specially those who have taken efforts in hand holding me though my photographic journey to 500...a milestone I never thought I'll reach....but here I am :-)

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