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A short write up on the Mosque of Shaikh Ibrahim Fatehpur Sikri, India.

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Mosque of Shaikh Ibrahim Fatehpur Sikri

Built by Sheikh Ibrahim, the nephew of Sheikh Salim Chishti and son of his elder brother Sheikh Musa, this mosque is made up of red sandstone. Sheikh Ibrahim was appointed the governor of Agra in 1585 and was in charge of Fatehpur Sikri. The mosque has an open courtyard in front. Its façade has five cusped arches. It has flat roof surrounded by a parapet. The interiors of the mosque has single row of columns adorned with Hindu motifs. The mosque is northward oriented.

The unique feature of the mosque lied in its mihrab, which has arched openings. Its southern wall has a large window, which has now been closed. A small balcony on the northeastern side marks the indigenous influence of Hindu architecture. Following the Persian tradition, the mosque presents a number of messages and good advices inscribed or penned with black ink on the red sandstone wall. These have been the legacies of the people who wanted to leave some record of their names in this manner.

A pillared verandah surrounds this tomb and small stone eaves and parapets grace the roof. The dome surmounting the roof rests on an octagonal base with inverted lotus on the top. White marble pinnacles can be seen both at the tomb and the mosque. The exteriors of the tomb are paneled with engrailed niches. The small stone fence enclosing the tomb is so delicately and intricately designed like woodwork and has miniature battlement on its top. It is the best railing found in Fatehpur Sikri.

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