Soaring Spaces of the Diwan-i-Khas

AGRA, India — Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audience, the white marble palace built in 1635 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan at Agra Fort, presents visitors with an eye-level view of treetops on the horizon.

Open on three sides, the vantage point imposes a soaring, imperial air to the experience of walking through.

One can only imagine what those who awaited to speak with the emperor in such a space centuries ago might have thought — and what nervousness they must have felt.

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