Agra Fort (cmrs)

Agra Fort
Amar Singh Gate
Agra Fort
Amar Singh Gate, Moat
Agra Fort
Amar Singh Gate
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Jahangiri Mahal
      
Agra Fort
Diwan-i-Am
Agra Fort
Diwan-i-Am
Agra Fort
Grave of John Russel Colvin
Agra Fort
Domes of Moti Masjid
Agra Fort
Diwan-i-Khas
Agra Fort
Diwan-i-Khas
      
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Diwan-i-Khas, detail
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal and Yamuna River
Agra Fort
Musamman Burj
Agra Fort
Musamman Burj, detail
Agra Fort
Musamman Burj, detail
      
Agra Fort
Musamman Burj
Agra Fort
Musamman Burj, detail
Agra Fort
Musamman Burj, fountain
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Khas Mahal and Pavilions
Agra Fort
      
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Anguri Bagh
Agra Fort
Khas Mahal
Agra Fort
Khas Mahal
Agra Fort
Jahangiri Mahal
Agra Fort
Jahangiri Mahal
      
Agra Fort
Jahangiri Mahal, doorway
Agra Fort
Jahangiri Mahal, detail
Agra Fort
Jahangiri Mahal

 

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Agra Fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra.  The fort can be more accurately described as a walled palatial city.  It is the most important fort in India.  The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here.  This was originally a brick fort.  It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 when a Ghaznavide force captured it.  Sikandar Lodi (1487-1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted the capital to Agra and lived in the fort.  He died in the fort in 1517 and his son, Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526.  After Panipat, Mughals captured the fort and its vast treasure.  Babur stayed in the fort in the palace of Ibrahim.  Humayun was crowned here in 1530.  Sher Shah held the fort for five years.  Realizing the importance of Agra's central situation, Akbar decided to make it his capital and arrived in 1558.  His historian recorded that this was a brick fort known as 'Badalgarh'.  Akbar had it rebuilt with red sandstone.  Some 1,444,000 builders worked on it for eight years, completing it in 1573.  During the reign of Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan, the site took on its current apperance.  Unlike his grandfather, Shah Jahan tended to have buildings made from white marble.  At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the fort by his son, Aurangzeb.  It is rumored that Shah Jahan died in Muasamman Burj, a tower an excellent view of the Taj Mahal.  This was the site of one of the battles during the Indian rebellion of 1857.

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