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Agra Fort

Agra Fort

Agra Fort puts up with an extraordinary and gracious testimony to the civilization which has not been on the stage since ages now. The monument has been enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage site, situated in the city of Agra, which happens to be the part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The forts nestles in the north west direction of India’s most admired monument, the Taj Mahal.

The fort is aptly defined as a walled city. The Agra Fort was commissioned by Akbar in the year 1565 and 1573.  This great fort features on the western bank of the river Jumna, which is about 2 km upstream from the Taj Mahal. The fort was entirely constructed out of sandstone, which was shaped by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar but was replaced with marble with the orders of Shah Jahan.

After which grandson Shah Jahan, tear down numerous original structures and substituted them with structure that were created out of marble, whereas Aurangzeb added the fortifications. The fort had also been under the reign of the British for some time however, at present the authorities if the fort is with the Indian Army and is permitted to visit by the tourists.

The main opening to this historical Agra Fort is the Amar Singh Gate, which has now been closed and once you just pass through the gate you will be left with wide-eyed open with the sight of those magnificent and majestic palaces and mosques inside the great fort of Agra. The entrance to the gate will render you a sight of Diwan-e-Aam (the Hall of Public Audience), a pillared hall centered round a throne bay of marble with a delicate pietra dura decoration of floral motifs. The bay was initially made to place the Peacock Throne, which was later taken to Delhi by Shah Jahan and was plundered by Nadir Shah and then carried away to Persia.

Then there are forts main palaces such as the Khas Mahal, the Macchi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Zenana Meena Bazaar, the Sheesh Mahal and the Musamman Burj. All these architectural strucres are worth watching when planning for a trip to Agra Fort or the city of Agra.

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