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"Throne of Diwan I Am" Red Fort Tip by kokoryko

Red Fort, Delhi: 121 reviews and 295 photos

  THE throne
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  • THE throne - Delhi
      THE throne
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  • A huge throne - Delhi
      A huge throne
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  • Inlaid panel - Delhi
      Inlaid panel
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And now a look at what made Mogul art worldwide famous!

And now you are in front of the Diwan, this white marble throne, with black marble, jade, jasper, other stones inlaid panels, incredibly delicate decorations; a bit a pity this marvel is protected by a net.
Guides say it has been created by an Italian jeweller, Austin de Bordeaux (With that name, I would bet he was French!) who was also the designer the of the decoration of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Shah Jahan was receiving his visitors sitting in this wonderful throne. The decorations had for some time gone to the colonialists museum, but have returned to their original place.
The back inlaid (example on picture 3) panels are very famous, but the whole throne is a jewel!loook at the other pictures, all is marble and half precious stone, and so finely carved, inlaid, in very aerial manner, light, extremely beautifully balanced, and wonderful colours.
I would like for a time to sit or sleep under that sort of sky. . (picture 5)
Ah, you are normally not allowed to remove the net if you want to make pictures; watch when the guard is busy with other people around, and does not notice you put your camera in a hole of the net. . . . !

Entrance fees: 150 Rs, (10Rs for Indian citizen).
Ticket to the Fort gives entrance to all museums or buildings in the Red Fort.
Open: 10 a m -- 6 p m

The Archeological Survey of India gives historical and construction information about the Red Fort and the little palaces inside (click on the links).

Phone: +91 99491 59139

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 10, 2008
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