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Red Fort in Delhi (Lal Qil'ah)

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Delhi, India.

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The Red Fort’s high walls, hexagonal towers which look like they’re wearing warrior’s domed helmets and the beautiful red sandstone of the region represent the very best of Mughal architecture. A palace for Shan Jahan, the emperor also responsible for building the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, this fort was designed to suit his exacting architectural eye and was constructed between 1638 and 1648.

It is both imposing and beautiful, enclosed in a 2.5 kilometre long wall, 110 foot high, its design influenced by Persian, European and Indian art is colourful and richly imagined in white marble, inlaid gold and precious stones. Inside the fort are ordered streets leading up to the Chatta Chowk market and the graceful palaces and mosques. At one time around 3000 people lived inside the fort so there are apartments and homes within some of the market shops.

This is where India’s independence from Britain was announced, just another reason attracting the thousands of visitors that see the fort each year.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Red Fort Complex”

'The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Isla… Read more...

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