With respect to Mughal architecture, what does the term 'diwan-i-aam' refer to?
Ceremonial halls of private audience.
Ceremonial halls of general audience.
Ceremonial halls of public audience.
Ceremonial halls of divine audience.
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The ceremonial halls of private and public audience were referred to as the diwan-i-khas and the diwan-i-aam respectfully. The proportions of this hall, of its columns, and of the engraved arches show high aesthetics and fine craftsmanship. With an impressive faade of nine engraved arch openings, the hall was ornamented with gilded and white shell lime chunam plasterwork. These courts were also described as chihil sutun or forty-pillared halls, placed within a large courtyard.