Red Fort

Red Fort

Built between 1638 and 1648 by Emperor Shah Jahan, the Red Fort is considered the pinnacle of Mughal architecture. A sprawling complex of marble palaces, intricate pavilions and landscaped gardens all protected by 18 metre high walls, the unfortunate Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his own son before he could take up residence and enjoy his paradisiacal vision. The last Mughal emperor was forced to leave in 1857 – today many of the buildings now house interesting museums and the grounds are just as delightful.

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Seven Facts About The Red Fort

The fort was originally known as the ‘Blessed Fort’ as the residence of the imperial family

The Red Fort’s architecture is a fusion of Timurid and Persian elements

Annually on 15 August, the day that India gained independence, the Prime Minister of India hoists a national flag over the gate of the fort and delivers a speech

The style of the Red Fort was so inventive at the time that it influenced many later buildings across the country

The fort was both red and white when it was first built, Shah Jahan’s favourite colours

The Hall of Private Audiences, Diwan-i-Khas, was once occupied by the Peacock Throne, a jewelled throne that was captured by the Persian King Nadir Shah. It was said to be covered in gold and inset with diamonds, rubies and other precious stones

It is believed the Kohinoor diamond, now part of the British Crown Jewels, was part of the Red Fort’s ornamentations

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