India: Red Fort

The Red Fort derives its name from the extensive use of red sandstone on the massive walls that surround the fort.  It is a 17th century fort complex, constructed by the Mughal emperor in the walled city of Old Delhi that served as the residence of the Mughal emperors.

After the Battle of Delhi, the British took over the administration of Mughal territories and installed a Resident at the Mughal courts in Red Fort.  With the end of the Mughal reign, the British gave official sanctions to remove and sell valuables from the palace at the Red Fort. In 1863, British destroyed many buildings inside and outside the fort, filled up the gardens, stripped the fort of any valuable items and reduced the fort to just a military structure.  After Indian independence in 1947, the site experienced few changes in terms of addition or alteration to the structures. The Red Fort continued to be used as a cantonment even after Independence. A significant part of the fort remained under the control of the Indian Army until 22 December 2003, when it was handed over to the Archaeological Survey of India for restoration.  (Thanks to Wikipedia)

Every August 15, the flag is raised on the pole on the left and the Prime Minister speaks to the media in honor of Indian Independence.

This is Lahore Gate.  We were scanned for weapons because of a previous terrorist attack on this monument.

That’s David in front.

The Emperor sat here and listened to complaints by the commoners.  This was also the place for state functions.

This is where the harem was  kept.  It is known as the Pleasure Palace.

This is where the Emperor slept.

This structure was built entirely of marble.

The structure on the left is a mosque.

11 Responses to “India: Red Fort”

  1. Musings Says:

    Wow! What an amazing place. It’s so sad that the British destroyed so much of it. Still, we can be grateful that at least the outer structure was preserved.

  2. Christine Says:

    I can see why they call it ‘The Red Fort’!

  3. Denise Says:

    Incredible Gigi, you are giving us a great tour. The history is very interesting too. What a shame there was so much destruction in such a fabulous place.

  4. Mage B Says:

    This is great stuff. Thank you….you know I like to travel. 🙂

  5. Linda Reeder Says:

    The air looks very murky and dense. Is it foggy?

  6. DrumMajor Says:

    This is nice traveling with you.
    That’s alot of red sandstone. I thought Oklahoma was the only place with red sandstone and red dirt. India’s must be a harder form of sandstone, because it’s usually pretty soft. Any sign of rose rocks? They’re natural red sandstone formations about 1/4 inch to 10 inches in diameter that look like roses.
    Hey, where’s the Pleasure Palace for the women to enjoy?

  7. L....w Says:

    Wow….so much to learn and see.

  8. kavitasaharia Says:

    Have fun!

  9. Arti Says:

    Its nice seeing India through your eyes 🙂

  10. Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife Says:

    What a beautiful building.

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