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When Red Fort was built

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Red Fort was built by Mughal emperor and it took 10 years to build Red Fort. Read ahead to know more details.

The commencement of construction of this Red fort in 1638 was done by Shahjahan when he moved the capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort was finished along with the gigantic city of Shajahanabad after a span of nine years on 16th April 1648. The city was built with broad roads, residential quarters, bazaars, mosques and confined in rubble built wall with 14 gates, some of which till date exists. The chief street was Chandni Chouk the canal flowing down its centre with the line of trees and the outstanding buildings which prove the splendor of Mughal style architecture were the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the Red fort. At the moment Chandni Chowk is a jam-packed colorful market bustle with shops, workshops of craftsmen, hotels, mosques and temples.

Why called Redford

The fort got its name from the abundant use of red sandstone for the walls and is octagonal in shape.

The Entry Gates of Red Fort

The two major gateways are the Lahore Gate and the Delhi Gate. The admittance is all the way through the Lahore Gate which forms a division of a gigantic stone fortification and is composed of dull pink sandstone.
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