Aligarh Fort is considered to be one of India’s strongest forts in the region. It was built in the 16th century by the son of the presiding governor in the court of Ibrahim Lodhi. Located on GT Road, the fort is shaped like a regular polygon and is surrounded on all sides by a very broad ditch.
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Over the years, the fort was rebuilt several times to further expand and strengthen its boundaries. In the 18th century, under the rule of Madhavrao Scindia 1 it served as a prominent training centre for soldiers who were taught European war techniques. It was also the site for the 1857 revolt against the British rule. However, the troops abstained from murdering their officers.
The fort boasts of a mix of Indian and French style architecture. It is now under the control of the Aligarh Muslim University, more specifically, the Botany Department. The inner courtyard has a botanical garden and a variety of other plantations.