The architecture is a graceful blend of styles done in native red sandstone, reflecting Akbar's eclectic tastes. Born a Muslim of Afghan ancestry and influenced by Persian civilization, he was drawn to many religions, including Hinduism and Christianity, and ended by creating a synthesis of his own. Here Akbar sat atop a central pillar above his petitioners and dispensed justice. Islamic pierced screens blend with the typically Hindu capitols. Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Emperor Akbar as a new capital of the Mughal Empire, but was occupied only from 1570 to 1586.