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Salimgarh Fort and Red Fort are connected by a bridge and it is considered to be in the Red Fort complex

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The Lahori Gate

The Lahori Gate the main gate is considered by many natives to be one of the most important gates at the Red Fort

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The Red Fort is considered to be the zenith of the Mughal dynasty

Zenith means the highest point or the peak

The influence the Shah Jahan had in making the Red Fort

The Red Fort is a fort constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1639. It took nine years to build and was completed in 1648. The Red Fort became the capital when Shah Jahan moved the capital of India from Agra to Delhi. The Red Fort was the seat for Mughal rule until 1857. The Red Fort has 14 gates or entryways. The most important gates are Mori, Lahori, Ajmeri, Turkmas, Kashmiri, and Dehli. Some of these important gates have already been demolished. The Lahori gate is the main gate and will attract a large crowd on Independence day. The name Red Fort comes from the red sandstone in the outer walls.

From then to now

On Independence day the Indian Prime Minister uses the fort to say his annual address. This event usually happens on the 15th of August. The Red Fort is mostly a tourist destination. In 1959 the Red Fort was declared by the Ancient Monument, Archaeological Site and the Remains Act that is was a site of importance. Even thought the condition of the Red Fort has improved since it was taken care of there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to insure that it is a safe place for tourists. The Red Fort represents Indian art and architecture from 1600-1858 when the last Mughal king was no longer emperor.

What is in the Red Fort

The red sandstone walls at the Red Fort are roughly 108 ft tall. The wall were designed to be so tall to keep out invaders. The walls, gates and a couple other pieces in the Red Fort are actually constructed of red sandstone, but it is mostly marble inside. When going through Chatta-Chowk one will be at the Naubat or Naqqar-Khana (Drum House). This place is where ceremonial music was played. The Drum House it also the entranced to the Diwan-i-’Am. This floor is now used for the Indian War Memorial Museum. A water channel channel the Nahr-i-Bihist (Stream of Paradise) that runs through the fort and at the center of the fountain is a ivory fountain.

Shah Jahan

Shah Jahan was the Mughal emperor that was in charge when the Red Fort was built. In many drawings and paintings show Shah Jahan to the side