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This sprawling citadel is rich in history and sights to see. And it's larger and better preserved than its sibling, the Red Fort of Delhi.
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Walls and gates
The tall, thick walls are 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) long. The imposing Lahore and Delhi gates are artistic masterpieces.
Diwan-i-Aam - used for public audiences
Diwan-i-Khas - for dignitary audiences
Khas Mahal - painting-on-marble artworks
Jahengri - built for Akbar's son
Sheesh Mahal - known for its mirrored walls
Some believe that from this tall tower the imprisoned Shah Jahan spent his final years gazing at the Taj Mahal, his wife's magnificent marble tomb.
They include several picturesque mosques.
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Two Red Forts
The similarity between the Red Fort of Agra (as it is sometimes called) and the Red Fort of Delhi is not coincidental. The latter is more or less a copy. Their red sandstone gates and walls give them the "red" designation.
Which is the larger and best preserved? The Agra Fort wins.
History in brief
The site as a fort dates back to at least the 11th century. The great Mughal emperor Akbar rebuilt, lived in, and ruled from it in the 16th century. His famous grandson Shah Jahan made serious architectural modifications in the 17th century.
Location in India
Agra Fort is on
the famous Golden Triangle tour route