Architecture of India
Barakhamba Road in modern Delhi is one of the major entrances to Connaught Place, and its high buildings with corporate offices and banks contributes mainly to the city’s burgeoning skyline. It is also famous for Modern School (Barakhamba Road) which has makes a regular contribution to the ranks of India’s rich and famous every year.
However, the name Bara-khamba or Twelve Pillars derives from the house of a
nobleman originally erected there, of which little remains. The surviving
evidence is of interest because this is one of the few cases when secular
architecture - as opposed to religious or military - has been found in any
degree of preservation this far back in time. A reconstruction of the house
would show it enclosed in a high perimeter wall containing an open courtyard
with rooms around, a roof terrace, an court with a chabootra or platform for
sitting in the open, as well as a quirky three-story high tower, probably used
for looking at the city.
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