You are looking at the columns of Sattais Kacheri, a complex of 27 offices, inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India. As hard as it is to believe, these were the administrative offices of the palace where ordinary people and tradesmen could come and talk to the officers for business purposes. These predated the ‘open offices’ now common in many countries by several hundred years. The side of the Sattais Kacheri is open to the outside of the fort. You can see the hills surrounding the fort, topped by a wall and watchtowers.