Sheesh Mahal #1

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© Ahmer Inam
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UploadedAugust 16, 2010
TakenNovember 22, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure2/5 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length20 mm
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This photo was taken inside the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) at the Agra Fort in India. Agra Fort was started in about 1080AD with more sections and buildings added over time by different kings who captured it. The Sheesh Mahal was built to be the Hammam (Bath house) for the Mughal queen of the king Akbar. This glass palace has thousands of mirrors inserted in the ceiling to provide illumination. These mirrors were imported from Syria in the 1500s. Many candles used to be lit to provide an absolutely beautiful lighting show to the wife and concubines of the king. Small windows were strategically placed to provide enough wind to flicker the candles and provide a dancing light show along the ceiling. This is just one corner and of the massive structure. Since this is a UNESCO World Heritage site now and tourists were using knives and keys to steal the tiny mirrors, this amazingly beautiful section of the fort is now closed to the public. That man waving the candles is a guard who showed us the palace per special permission.

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