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Old Fort

Old Fort

The Old Fort also knwn as the Purana Qila has been the seat for administration for many emperors. The great ruler Sher Shah Suri built it, in 1541 in the 16th century A.D., however, it exists in ruins.

The Old Fort possesses another acknowledgement as the Qila-i-kuhna masjid. The fortress is a perfect paradigm of Lodi style of architecture. Infacts its architecture reflects a combination of the Hindu, Muslim and Afghan style. The style of its architecture is considered as a secular architectural style.

The fort possesses breathtaking arches and domes along with three double-storied main gates sporting chhatris on its rooftop, which are found in the north, south and west directions. Old Fort of Delhi beholds its history of being survived the harsh conditions of time.

It is believed that Humayun, the Afghan ruler, started the construction of the Old Fort. However, Sher Shah after defeating Humayun completed the structure. Thus, the fort flaunts an absolute combination of Mughal, Hindu and Afghan architecture, creating an impressive sight. The prayer hall of the mosque is about 51.20 meters by 14.90 meters.

The fort has five doorways and horseshoe-shaped arches in the mosques of the Old Fort of Delhi. The building of the Delhi Old Fort was all created out of red sandstone with a contrast of marbles. There is also a shimmering lake near the Old Fort, which offers boating facilities to the tourists.

It is situated very close to the India Gate and the Humayuns tomb in New Delhi. The entry in the Delhi Old Fort is absolutely free and is opened from morning till evening.

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