Amber Palace: Artistic And Opulent Architectural Construction
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Amber Palace: Artistic And Opulent Architectural Construction

Amber Fort or Amer Fort is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India. Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur (located 11 km from the city). The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I. Amber Fort is known for its artistic style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake, which is the main source of water for the Amber Palace. The architectural style of several buildings of the fort are greatly influenced by Mughal Architecture. The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families.


Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas, or "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace. At the entrance to the palace near the fort's Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to Shila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult, which was given to Raja Man Singh when he defeated the Raja of Jessore, Bengal in 1604. (Jessore is now in Bangladesh).


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