Significant features of the Mughal Architecture in the reign of Akbar.
- The large gateways: One of the important features of Mughal Architecture is reflected at Fatehpur Sikri (near Agra) where the arch of Buland Danvaza is about 41 metre high and is perhaps the most imposing gateway in the world.
- Placement of building in the midst of a large park: The other most significant feature of Mughal ‘architecture is that the structures have been placed in the midst of large park. Humayun’s tomb in Delhi is one such important building made in the reign of Akbar.
- Influence of the ancient Indian style: Many new buildings were constructed in the Agra Fort under the strong influence of the ancient Indian style having courtyard and pillars. The figures of elephants, lions, peacocks and other birds were sculptured in the brackets.
- Persian and Indian styles intermixed: The Indian and Persian styles of architecture were mixed and mingled. In the magnificient Humayun’s tomb in Delhi, the strong Persian influence can be seen with change of stone and marble introduced by Indian builders. One of the buildings in Fatehpur Sikri known as the palace of Jodha Bai was built in the style of ancient Indian architecture while the Jama Masjid shows the influence of Persian style.