12 March 2012

Agra's Red Fort

This huge city of a monument is located near to the Taj Mahal. It was founded by Emperor Akbar in 1565 and is largely built out of red sandstone. I mean, this place is massive. It's made up of many different palaces and seems to be a maze of architectural masterpieces, each with their own photographic beauty and stories. Perhaps the story I found most interesting was how Emperor Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, was apparently imprisoned here by his son. While imprisoned, he did have a view of his beloved Taj Mahal and is said to have died in the Musamman Burj tower, which also had a view of the Taj. While the Agra Fort didn't have the same over-the-top colors and ceiling as say, the Udaipur Palace or the Amber Palace, it still sends you into sensory overload what with amount of rooms and the sheer size and architectural details of the structures. Perhaps one of my favorite architectural details was the carvings on ceilings or pillars that very much resembled lace. Quite beautiful and delicate!














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