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Sarkhej Rog

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One of the most interesting attractions of the Indian state of Gujarat - Sarkhej Roja - located seven kilometers to the South-West of the city of Ahmedabad, in the village of Makrab. He is still known as "the Acropolis of Ahmedabad".

At the time, Sarkhej Rog was one of the most famous Sufi centres throughout the country. This complex, including cultural and religious buildings, was created under the leadership of two brothers of the Persians Azam and mu'azzama, Kutubuddin order of Sultan Ahmad Shah II in the period from 1451 at 1458. But your final majestic view of Sarkhej Rog acquired only during the reign of Sultan Mahmud Begada. Initially, the complex was occupied the territory of more than 29 hectares and was surrounded by beautiful lush gardens. But over time, the villages around the complex grew and occupied its territory. So at the moment its area is only about 14 hectares.

Within the complex there are palaces, tombs, mosques, pavilions and gazebos, which can be explored in one day. As was typical of local buildings of that time, the architecture of Sarkhej Rog intertwined Indian and Muslim styles. So, the true Islamic features in the buildings are domes, carved pillars and delicate lattice (in most buildings instead of arches was used by the grid), while virtually all decorative details, ornaments and patterns are viewed Indian folk motifs. In General, the complex is an example of early Islamic architecture and the region, much borrowed from the architecture of Persia, and was heavily influenced by Hindu and Jain cultures, which ultimately led to the emergence of Indo-Saracenic style.