Delhi’s impressive Red Fort is an intricate complex of palaces, halls, indoor canals and geometric gardens, as well as a magnificent mosque. The fort was constructed on the banks of the river Yamuna under the rule of one of the most famous Mughal emperors, Shah Jahan, in the 17th century. The Red Fort is still widely regarded as a site with great historical significance, and India’s Independence Day is marked here every year. It’s a hugely popular tourist site, with visitors able to marvel at the impressive red sandstone walls that surround the fort - and give it its name. As a beautiful example of Mughal architecture,
the Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural gem built by Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, a legendary architect who is believed to have also designed the Taj Mahal. Though many of the structures within the Red Fort were destroyed or badly damaged during the British Raj, it still houses many historic edifices including Mumtaz Mahal (one of the six palaces within the fort), Khas Mahal (the emperor’s private residence) and the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque).

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