Red Fort in India - Forgotten Wonders of the World

One of the most popular tourist sites in India, the Red Fort or the Lal Qila is located in Delhi. The fort is made of red sandstone which thereby imparts the name of the fort complex. The fort was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 AD. This fort was built to serve as palace for the new capital city Shahjahanabad which was the seventh Muslim city in the Delhi site.

The Red Fort is located along the Yamuna River and the north-eastern wall of the fort is adjacent to another fort which is the Salimgarh Fort. The wall of red sandstone which surrounds it is 1.5 miles long and varies in height. The construction of the Red Fort began in 1638 and ended by 1648. A synthesis of Persian, European and Indian styles of art work is seen in the Red Fort.

The Red Fort has not been forgotten by the Indians however. This is the site from where the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and addresses the nation. Also, this is the largest monument in Old Delhi.

     
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