Roof and Colonnade

Fatehpur Sikri (live map)

This photo was taken in the area around the Daulat Khana. The angle brackets supporting the beams of the colonnade derive from Indian temple architecture.

The sandstone roofs of these buildings have been carved to imitate tile. This kind of roof was used for imperial buildings in the 16th century. In the 17th century, bangla roofs were used instead. Another difference between 16th and 17th century imperial buildings is that 16th century buildings are placed off-axis (that is, not on an axis of symmetry,) while 17th century buildings are placed on-axis.