pishtaq

pishtaq

In Muslim or Persian architecture, a monumental gateway marking the entrance to a mosque, caravanserai, madrasah, or mausoleum.
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21) The Agra mosque is based on a standard Shahjahani archetype appropriated from the Sultanate architecture of Delhi: (22) an oblong prayer hall formed of vaulted bays or rooms arranged in a row with a dominant central pishtaq (a high portal) surmounted by three domes (see figure 2).
The Mughal epigraphical programme inscribed on most Shahjahani mosques followed imperial patterns until the unprecedented encomiums on the pishtaq of the Agra Jami Masjid.
The nine-fold/hasht behisht plan for non-imperial tombs with a pishtaq facade and high drum supporting a dome was introduced, as well as a trabeate, pillared hall and veranda with a flat roof, dated to 1533.