Hawa Mahal

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A beautiful building in Jaipur, India, called Hawa Mahal or “The Palace of Breeze”, has a fascinating history. It was built in 1799 as an extension of the Royal City Palace. At the time, royal ladies had to remain in seclusion and could not be seen by strangers (a practice called “purdah”). The 5-story building was designed with tiny latticed windows and screened balconies so the women of the royal household could glimpse life outside without being seen. It has 953 windows and is the tallest building in the world without a foundation. An ingenious curved design allows it to remain upright. The facade resembles the crown of Krishna.