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Diwan-i-am

Diwan-i-Am or Hall of Public Audience is situated in the Red Fort of Delhi. It originally had a courtyard on its front and was richly ornamented with gilded stuccowork. Heavy curtains graced the main hall, which were three bays in depth. The facade of nine openings of the arches rendered it a regal and imperial look that impresses the visitors even today. One can easily imagine the splendor of the court, covered with carpets and adorned with heavy chandeliers. It would have easily dazzled the people who visited the emperor to pay their humble homage. The emperor must have presented a really grand sight, seated on his throne in the marble canopy or baldachin, which was covered most appropriately by the beautiful 'Bengal' roof.