Agra Fort , Uttar Pradesh , India

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This huge monument of red sandstone that dominate a bend in the river Yamuna, 2 km northwest of  Taj Mahal was build by the Mughals during 1565-1571. It was Emperor Akbar who put down the foundation of this magnificent citadel in 1565. The fort was completed by 1571 era of Shahjahan, grandson of Akbar. The fort is crescent in shape, which is flat on the east with an extended, almost straight wall facing the river. The colossal double walls of the fort rise 69 feet in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference surrounded by a moat and enclose a network of buildings which form a little city contained by a city. The fort contains wonderful mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble erected by two generations of inventive builders during the time of Akbar and afterward Jehangir and Shahjahan.

The wall has two gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate. The original and majestic entrance was all the way through the Delhi Gate, which leads to the internal portal known as the Hathi Pol or Elephant Gate. However the main entry to the fort is just through the Amar Singh Gate. Public access is restricted to the southern portion of the fort which includes almost all the buildings of tourist importance.

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