Discover A History Of The Red Fort
With impressive red sandstone walls and buildings that made its name, Red Fort (Lal Qila or Lal Kila) is a massive historic complex in the city of Delhi that served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. The fort was built by Shah Jahān in the mid-17th century and has been remaining the capital city's major tourist attraction. The walls standing 23 meters of the Red Fort now mainly keep it out the modern life of Delhi. The fort consists of a complex of palaces and entertainment halls, projecting balconies, baths and indoor canals, and geometrical gardens, as well as an ornate mosque that reflect a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu architectural styles. The main gate, Lahore Gate, is the prominent highlight of the fort as it played as an important historical place of the country's independence. It attracts a major crowd on India's Independence Day every year. The prime minister hoists the Indian "tricolour flag" at this gate and delivers a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts. Thanks to its historic and cultural values, the Red Fort was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.