This library in Uttar Pradesh, India, hosts Indo-Islamic heritage not just within its marbled halls, but in the cusped arches and “Chhatri” (domed pavilions) that first stun visitors as they approach it.
Raza Library could easily pass for a palace—from the manicured gardens to the opulent main hall within, majesty radiates through and through. Across the courtyard, the perfect symmetry and pastel hues of the façade are in full view. It rises in tiers, culminating in Chhatri.
Inside, valuable texts and art pieces from the region are protected under glass cases. Opulent chandeliers trickle down from gold-patterned ceilings and cast a warm glow on visitors. Hours can be lost, just imagining beautiful scenes in this palatial library.
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