September 21, 2010

Palace of Mirrors

The palace complex at Amer Fort near Jaipur, India, includes a dazzling chamber—the Sheesh Mahal, or palace of mirrors—that once housed the private rooms of the maharaja and his queen.

Its walls are decorated with intricate mosaics fashioned out of thousands of tiny mirrors and shards of colored glass, arranged in patterns that display all sorts of symmetries.

During the day, the chamber sparkles in the sunlight. At night, a single candle, reflected multiple times, is enough to illuminate the room.

Photos by I. Peterson

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