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AGRA FORT

Agra FortBuilt by Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., this Fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the Fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas and Musammam Burj, where Emperor Shah Jahan had died in imprisonment. Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and Sheesh Mahal are the other important monuments inside the Fort.

Gateways : The fort had originally four gates, two of which were later walled up.

Delhi Gate in the west is fortified by massive octagonal towers and faces the bazaar and leads to the Jama Masjid in the city. Its architectural plan was imperviously devised to put the defenders in an advantageous position. Delhi gate is now closed for visitors.

The Amar Singh Gate lies to the South and is defended by a square bastion flanked by round towers. It had a crooked entrance with dangerous trap points and a steep rise. Its Naubat Khana Court with pillared pavilions is an impressive structure. Visitors are allowed entry through this gate only.

About the Fort : The construction of the Agra Fort was started around 1565 when the initial structures were built by Akbar. Shah Jahan replaced most of these with his marble creations. Some however survived, among them are- Delhi Gate, Amar Singh Gate, Akbari Mahal and the Jahangiri Mahal. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. it has a total perimeter of 2.4 km. and is ringed by double castellated ramparts of red sandstone punctuated at regular intervals by bastions. A 9 mt. wide and 10 mt. deep moat surrounds the outer wall. An imposing 22 mt. high inner wall imparts a feeling of invincible defensive construction. The route through the Amar Singh gate is dog-legged. the layout of the fort was determined by the course of the river, which in those days flowed alongside. The main axis is parallel to the river and the walls bridge out towards the city.