06 December 2006

Agra Fort

Located on the banks of the Yamuna, 2 kms northwest of the Taj Mahal, the fort was designed and the built by Akbar in 1565 A.D. The fort houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous places including the Jahangir Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, and Diwan-i-Am.

The high red sandstone ramparts of this great monument stretch for almost 2.5 kms, dominating a bend in the river Yamuna. Emperor Akbar laid the foundation of this majestic citadel and it developed as a stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations. Shahjahan constructed the graceful Diwan-i-Am or the Hall of Public Audiences in 1628.

Three rows of white polished stucco pillars topped by peacock arches support the flat roof. Today, this hall is bereft of brocade decorations, silk carpets and satin canopies that would have enhanced the elegance of the setting when the Emperor sat down with his subjects for discussions.
Images Of Agra Fort
  1. Agra Fort
  2. Jahangir Mahal[right]
  3. Diwan-i-Khas
  4. Sun From Fort[right]

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