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Chahar Suq

Chahar Suq, literally meaning 'a market place arranged around a square enclosure with a single gateway on each of its four sides' is located on the road leading from the Agra gate. It is a walled enclosure, the central point of the grand market place, which was extended on all of its sides, with regular shops on either side. Traces of partition wall are still seen within the square enclosure, which suggest that shops were also provided inside the open court. Foreign goods were brought for sale here.

This enclosure has an area of 35sq m, having a partially survived enclosure wall pierced with four gateways in the cardinal directions. The northern and southern gateways are smaller and constructed in trabeated style with beams and lintels. These gateways have flat roofs on either of its sides, which contains stairways. The eastern and western gateways are arched gateways made up of red and gray sandstone. In these double-storeyed gateways, the upper storey is a colonnaded gallery with three rows of pillars. The roof of the gateways are crowned with two beautiful kiosks and slopping parapets. These gateways are proof of the grandeur and magnificence of even a common place as market.

Updated on 4th December, 2005
District: Fatehpur
Location: Fatehpur Sikri    


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