Red Fort in Delhi, India

Another of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that we visited while on our spring break was the Red Fort Complex in Delhi.

From the book The World’s Heritage – a complete guide to the most extraordinary places

The Red Fort, completed in 1648, represents the zenith of Mughal creativity.  The palace plan is based on standard Islamic designs but each pavilion displays architectural elements typical of Mughal building — a fusion of Persian, Timurid, Hindu and Islamic traditions.

Emperor Shah Jahan established his capital at Shahjahanabad and built the Red Fort Complex as his palace fort, enclosing it in ornate red sandstone walls that stretch for 2.5 km.  The innovative planning, gardens and architectural style of the fort complex strongly influenced later building and garden design in Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra.

The Red Fort has been a powerful symbol for the Indian nation since its construction.  The British Army captured it after the Indian mutiny of 1857-8 and held it until India gained Independence in 1947.  It has remained at the centre of national independence celebrations ever since.

Here are some photos that wee took there.

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Ryan "Zieak" McFarland dabbles. Beards. Making things. Travel. Genealogy. Frugality and excessiveness. Fitness and fatness. He's a PE teacher in India, usually calls Alaska home and is a happy father to two boys and the husband to a suddenly crafty wife.

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