Hiran Minar
Fatehpur Sikri, India
The Hiran Minar ("antelope tower") is located north and west of the Hathi Pol, outside of the palace complex, just north of the imperial caravanserai. Measuring twenty-one meters in height, the tower's plan is octagonal at its base, circular after the height of 3.91 meters, and topped with a chhatri. The circular part of the tower is decorated with stone spikes, and a circular balcony projects on stone corbels from the upper part of the tower.

Its exact function is unknown, but it may have been a lookout tower or a distance marker for travelers.

Sources:

Nath, R. "Fatehpur Sikri." In Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online, http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/T027637 [Accessed October 8, 2010].

"Fatehpur Sikri Hiran Minar." Agra India website. http://www.agraindia.org.uk/fatehpur-sikri/hiran-minar.html [Accessed October 8, 2010].
Location
Fatehpur Sikri, India
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Events
1571-1572/979-980 AH
Style Periods
1526-1858
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Hiran Minar
Minar
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Hiran Tower
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Antelope Tower
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Tower of the Antelope
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Building Usages
symbolic structure
public monuments