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The Hira Mahal, by Mirza Shah Rukh Beg, 1847

June 30, 1847
Architectural and Building
Bahadur Shah II 1837–1857

The Hira Mahal, by Mirza Shah Rukh Beg, 1847



The Hira Mahal, by Mirza Shah Rukh Beg, 1847 A woodcut print from Syed Ahmed Khan's Asar al-Sanadid. The Hira Mahal was samll pavilion added by Bahadur Shah II in 1842 to the palace terrace between the Hamman and the Moti Mahal overlooking the Hayat Baksh garden. It is small square pavilion of three bays in late Mughal style. On either side are depicted buildings in european classical style, while another now gone was according to Syed Ahmed Khan on the far side of the Moti Mahal. There seems to be what appears to be a permanent tiled shamiana round the Hira Mahal.

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Ismail Mazari

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Very good information.


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