Dead City Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri took 15 years to build. It was abandoned 14 years later. The Sufi saint Salim Chisti lived in a cavern on Sikri ridge here. After he foretold the birth of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s son (Salim, royal name Jahangir), Akbar thanked him by making this the site of his capital. He blended Persian, Muslim, and Indian architecture, and the sumptuous palace includes homes for all three of his wives: a Hindu, a Muslim, and a Christian. Next to the palace is an expansive mosque.
Sandstone was plentiful here, but water was scarce. In short time, the city had outgrown its resources, and it was too close to unstable Rajput areas for comfort. The court moved to Lahore and later to Agra, not far from here. Very few people stayed behind: it has been a ghost town for hundreds of years. Yet time has adopted this place. Natural patterns of stains and decay enrich it.
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