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A 'hasht bihisht' is a __________________________ .

A

A tall gateway.

B

A central towering dome.

C

A central hall surrounded by eight rooms.

D

A ceremonial hall of audience.

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A central hall surrounded by eight rooms.

In architecture Hasht-Bihisht or 'Eight Paradises' refers to a specific type of floorplan common in Persian architecture and Mughal architecture whereby the plan is divided into 8 chambers surrounding a central room.

The central towering dome and the tall gateway (pishtaq) became an important aspect of Mughal architecture and was first visible in Humayuns tomb. The tomb was placed in the centre of a huge formal Chahar Bagh and built in the tradition known as eight paradises or hasht bihisht a central hall surrounded by eight rooms.

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