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French physician who spent six years at the Mughal court, François Bernier, wrote in his book Voyage dans les Etats du Grand Mogol or Trip through the Realm of the Great Mughal; There is not a single spot that is not artistically wrought with its own beauty. Everywhere one perceives yashm or jade, the kind of stones that enrich the walls of the chapel of the Grand Duke in Florence. Everywhere there are several other rare and costly stones, presented in a hundred different ways, mixed together and set in the marble that covers the wall. Even the black and white marble floor tiles are decorated in this manner, with unimaginable delicacy and taste.