Agra Fort

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Agra Fort is situated on the west bank of the Yamuna.Agra fort was built by Akbar between 1565 and 1573.Its imposing red sandstone ramparts from a crescent along the riverfront, and encompass an enormous complex of courtly buildings, ranging in style from the early eclecticism of Akbar to the sublime elegance of Shah Jahan.The barracks to the north are 19th century British.

Red Fort, Agra

Amar Singh Gate: The impressive Amar Singh Gate to the south leads into the fort.To its right is the so called Jahangiri Mahal the only major palace in the fort that dates to Akbar’s reign. This complex arrangements of halls, courtyards and galleries with dungeons below was the zenana or main harem building.

Khas Mahal: Along the riverfront are the Khas Mahal, an elegant marble hall with an exuberantly painted ceiling characteristic of Shah Jahan’s style of architecture and two golden pavilions with typical bangaldar roofs. These pavilions were supposedly associated with the princesses Jahanara and Roshanara and have narrow niches where jewels could be concealed.

The Sheesh Mahal: The Sheesh Mahal and royal baths are to the northeast near the gloriously inlaid Musamman Burj the double storeyed octagonal tower with clear views of the Taj.This was where Shah Jahan imprisioned by his son Aurangzeb, spent the last years of his life.

Diwan –i- Khas: a lavishly decorated open hall where the emperor met his court.two thrones in white marble and black slate were placed on the terrace for the emperor to watch elephant fight below.

Diwan –i – Aam: a hall of public audience, as arcaded hall within a large courtyard. Its throne alcove of inlaid marble provided a sumptuous setting for the fabled peacock Throne.

Jami Masjid: A magnificently proportioned building in the heart of the medieval town the “Friday Mosque” was sponsored by Shah Jahan’s favourite daughter Jahanara Begum, who also commissioned a number of other buildings and gardens including the canal that once ran down Chandni Chowk in Delhi .Buit in 1648, the mosque’s sandstone and marble domes with their distinctive zigzag cheveron pattern dominate this section of the town.The eastern courtyard wing was demolished by the British in 1857. Of interest are the tank with its shabhi chirag for heating water within the courtyard and the separate prayer chamber for ladies.
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