Buland Darwaza is one of the important historical monuments in Fatehpur Sikri. Literally it means a ‘high door’. This is also called “Gate of Magnificence". It is built according to the Mughal style of architecture. This gateway is the highest gateway not only in India, rather throughout the world. One must climb 42 steps to reach this gateway which is 40m high and 35m wide.
Buland Darwaza was built in red sandstone with complex and beautiful decorations in white marble. One can find typical Mughal architectures and splendid calligraphic inscriptions from the Quran on the front. The chattris (canopy’s) and pillars at the top of the monument give an impressive look to the monument.
There is an evidence of religious tolerance of Akbar. This gateway has an interesting feature carved on it. It reads, “The World is but a bridge, pass over but build no houses on it.” On the eastern archway of this gateway, a Persian inscription records Akbar’s conquest over Deccan in the year 1601.