Saturday, 7 February 2015

Amer Fort - Rajasthan - India

The Amer Fort & palace was built in the 16th century by the Rajput Maharajas.
The Palace & castle are divided into 4 sections or courtyards, each with it's own gate, style and history. It's just 11kms from Jaipur.

Lattice window.

The Jaleb Chowk (Main Courtyard).
This is where returning armies would display their war booty to the populace ... parading around the courtyard. Women would often view this area from the veiled windows of the palace above the crowds.

Diwan- E- Aam or The Hall of Public Audience.

These 40 pillars were erected by Mirza Raja Jai Singh between 1631-40. It's an assembly hall built of red sandstone and white shell plaster - looks like marble. Each  column is topped by a capital in the shape of an elephant.
Suraj Pol (Sun Gate) - on the right.
To the left (not in view) is the Moon Gate

Diwan- E- Aam or The Hall of Public Audience
 The Maharajahs used to receive the public here, listening to their problems regarding the kingdom.
This space is significant as it combines both Hindu and Muslim architecture.

Maota Lake and Garden

The Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory) or the Mirror Palace is noted for its inlaid panels and multi-mirrored ceiling. The painted glass & mirrors was imported from Belguim.

  A carved marble relief panel. These can be see all over the hall. So delicate.

Baradhari pavilion at Man Singh I Palace Square.

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