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Notes on the Geography of Northern India: Taj Mahal, Sikandra, and Fatehpur Sikri: Photo 31

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The most unusual building in the city is this supposed Diwan-i-Khass, or Hall of Private Audience, with its four rooftop kiosks or chhatris. They are distinctively Hindu, as are the brackets supporting the balcony.  Perhaps these borrowings reflect Akbar's efforts to fuse the religions of his domain: he was unusually tolerant of Hindus and other non-Muslims.

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