Located quite close to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort also has some interesting stories to share with you.
Let us take a look at some of the interesting facts about Agra Fort.
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The Fort is now one among the list of World Heritage Sites it got added in the year 1983.
Shift of Capital From Delhi to Agra
In 1506, Sikander Lodi shifted the capital of the nation from Delhi to Agra. It was from this Fort that he governed the country.
The view of Taj Mahal from Agra Fort
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Architecture of Agra Fort
The fort is built using a bled of both Hindu and Islamic architectural styles and it comprises of several structures constructed in red sandstone and white marble. Unlike other Islamic structures where images of living creatures are not found, the Agra Fort has images of dragons, birds and other living creatures depicted on it.
Two Gates of Agra Fort
The massive fort complex has two gates, the Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate that is also known as Amar Singh Gate named after Amar Singh Rathore who was a Rajput nobleman and a courtier of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
Jahangiri Mahal of Agra Fort
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Palaces With The Fort Complex
The palaces in the fort complex of 94 acres include Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Shah Jahani Mahal, Macchi Bhawan, Bengali Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Akbari Mahal.
3 Mosques Within the Complex
There are three mosques within the fort complex. They are Moti Masjid, Mina Masjid and Nagina Masjid which has the Zenana Mina Bazaar (ladies' bazaar).
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Featured in Sherlock Holmes Mystery
The Agra Fort is portrayed in the famous Sherlock Holmes mystery 'The Sign of the Four' by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Red Fort of Agra
This fort is also known as Lal Qila or the Red Fort of Agra.
A beautiful view of the Agra Fort
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Mughal Emperors Who Ruled From Agra Fort
The Mughal emperors who ruled from here were Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangazeb.
Largest State Treasury
The Agra Fort had the largest state treasury and mint, which was visited by foreign ambassadors and other eminent personalities.
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