Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Red Fort at Agra

The Red Fort, a huge magnificent stronghold made of red sandstone and the marble left over from building the Taj Mahal; has a lovely view of the Taj, too, handy for Shah Jehan, as his son killed all his brothers and imprisoned his father here for the rest of his life.

Agra Red Fort was designed and built by the great Mughal ruler, Akbar, in about 1565 A.D. It was initially built as a military establishment but later on his successors made many additions to the main structure. Several Mahals , which were built afterwards, converted half of the structure into a magnificent palace.

The Red Fort is situated on the banks of Yamuna River. It encompasses a radius of three kilometers and is bordered by a wall, which is 70 feet tall. Two walls made of red sandstone surround the fort. The Red Fort has four gates

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