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Near the gardens of Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. The construction of the Agra fort was started around 1565, when the initial structures were built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and subsequently taken over by his grandson Shah Jahan, who added most of the marble creations to the fort. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid - a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khaas, and numerous other buildings. Agra Fort, an excellent example of Mughal architecture, is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

This is the Diwan-I-Am or Hall of Public Audience, a result of earliest manifestation of Shah Jehan's love for marble. It was the place where the emperor addressed the general public as well as the nobility. Constructed between 1631 & 1640, the huge assembly hall measuring 201 ft. by 67 ft. has a flat roof and two arched red sandstone gateways to the north and south. The faηade has an arcade with nine bold arches and the hall is divided into three aisles. One of the three aisles and seven of the nine arches are visible in this POV. Gone are the days of the Emperors and public audience...

Used the columns as a frame for this picture. The lady in the picture was getting ready to be photographed by her husband!...but I was faster on the shutter ;-)

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