of Mughal Government
Style of Architecture
sprawling huge structure is the largest of old Delhi's monuments. Popular as
Lal Quila, amongst the locales, the Red Fort is surrounded by thick red
sandstone walls, jutting with turrets and bastions have remained firm
against the vagaries of nature. The Fort is located in the northeast corner
of the original city of Shahjahanabad and rises above a wide dry depression.
The wall of the Red Fort elongates upto 2 km, and the height varies from 18
metres on the riverside to 33 metres on the city side.
The construction of this massive fort started on 1638 by Mughal Emperor
Shahjahan, and work was completed in 1648.
The fort has everything that showcase the centre of Mughal government -
halls of public and private audience, domed and arched marble palaces,
luxuriant private apartments, a mosque and elaborately designed gardens.
The fort is a fine representation of the Mughal grandeur. Despite being
attacked by the Persian Emperor Nadir Shah in 1739 and during the war of
independence in 1857, the fort remains intact bearing its past extravagance.
The Fort Highlights
Lahore Gate is the entrance to the fort, the name of which suggest that it
faces Lahore (in Pakistan)
This gate has a special place in the history of India since the first war
of independence. It has been the place from where many important speech gas
been delivered by freedom fighters and national leaders of India.