Cities of India by Sir George ForrestCities of India by Sir George Forrest

Cities of India

bySir George Forrest

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... the great nobles, in splendid apparel, standing upon a raised ground covered with a great canopy of purpled gold with great golden fringes and enclosed by a silver balistre. The pillars of the hall were hung with tapestries of purpled gold having the ground of gold; and for the roof of the hall there was nothing but great canopies of flowered satin fastened with red-silken cords that had big tufts of silk mixed with threads of gold hanging on them. Below there was nothing to be seen but great silken tapestries, very rich, of an extraordinary length and breadth." The glory has departed from the Diwan-i-Am, but the pillars of marble inlaid with mosaic work which supported the marble canopy above the throne still remain to please the eye of the traveller. A little behind the Great Hall of Audience, separated from it by a garden gay with flowering shrubs, rises an airy pile of white marble overlooking the broad Jumna. It is the Diwan-i-Khas, or private Hall of Audience, world-renowned on account of the inscription which in letters of gold upon a ground of white marble ran round the cornice: "Agar Firdaus rue zamln ast--hamin ast to, hamin ast to, hamin ast (If there is a paradise on earth it is this, it is this, it is this)." The whole work is a masterpiece of refined fancy. On a marble platform rises a marble pavilion, whose flat-coned roof is supported by arches resting on a double row of marble pillars. The inner face of the arches, and the spandrels, and the pilasters which support them, are covered with flowers and foliage of delicate design and dainty execution, created in green serpentine, blue, lapis lazuli red and purple porphyry. The Moghul realized the prophecy, " I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders o...
Title:Cities of IndiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217191789

ISBN - 13:9780217191784