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Lal Quila (Red Fort)

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Image The Red Fort is a massive curtain wall which dominates the skyline of New Delhi. It was built in 1648 and became the living quarters of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who mandated the construction of his other palace the Taj Mahal.


The Red Fort is particularly spectacular in its design because of its flawless balance and proportion followed by its intricate decoration. Such beauty is further appreciated when realizing that the design contrasts the practical purpose and might of the fort.


The fort is also viewed as a symbol of independence since India's prime minister addresses the nation at the fort every five years on August 15 ( the day India officially obtained its independence from Britain).


The fort was also the headquarters of the British Army, but after India's obtained independence the Indian Army took over the fort. In 2003, the Indian Army gave the fort to India's tourism authority.

 

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