The American Architect and Building News Volume 50

The American Architect and Building News Volume 50

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...sadder or more beautiful exists in India than the deserted city of Fathpur Sikri. There it stands, some twenty-three miles from Agra, much as it stood three hundred years ago, when Akbar decreed the stately pleasure-house. It was built to commemorate the blessing of the holy Salim Cliishti, the hermit who dwelt among the wild beasts in his cave at Sikri, and who had foretold that Akbar's son, born on that spot, should live to succeed him on his splendid throne. The saint did not foresee that the infant would grow up into that unmitigated debaucliee Jeliangir, whose orgies amazed Sir Thomas Roe and whose potent liquor caused that virtuous ambassador to sneeze incontinently, to the delight of the wholc court. But the heroic toper did not defile his fatlier's palace city, which must have been deserted soon after its founder's death; for when William Finch visited it in 1610 he found it " riiinate, lying like a waste district, and very dangerous to pass through at night." Ruinate it has remained ever since, desolate and abandoned. Nu later ruler of India has ever dared to live in Akbar's Versailles, just as no ruler of India has ever climbed to the heights of Akbar's genius. In the empty palaces, the wonderful mosque, the sacred tomb, the baths, the lake, at every turn we recogniic some memory of the greatest of Indian Emperors. Ve may even enter his bedroom--tlie Khwabgali, or " Abode of Dreams"----and see the very screens of beautiful stone tracery, the very Persian couplets, the identical decoration in gold and ultramarine, upon which Akbar feasted his eyes during the long sultry afternoons of the Indian plains. Ve may walk into _the houses of Faizi and Abu-l-Fazl, the laureate and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236870867
  • 9781236870865