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Interesting Facts About Agra Fort

Agra is known for its timeless Taj Mahal. But, if you go beyond the world-renowned marbled architecture, you’ll find yourself busy with other places of interests. There’s Sikandra where the Emperor Akbar the Great was buried. His large tomb is impressive. Fatehpur Sikri is also a stunning place to visit where Akbar built three palaces for his three wives who were all from three different religions. Then, there’s Agra Fort, another Mughal fortress that speak volumes of Indian history.

Agra Fort can be overwhelming when you’re exploring it alone. In a throng of people, the place seems small. Every nooks and corners of this fort are worth exploring. Take your time. Look up and down. Look sideways, front and back. There are always interesting things to be found. You don’t even have to look harder for them. They’re visible and waiting to be appreciated.

Here are some interesting facts about Agra Fort.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

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Agra Fort was originally built as a military defence.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

As history unfolded, the fort was transformed into a walled palatial city.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Shah Jahan, the one who built the Taj Mahal, was imprisoned here by his own son for eight years. Every visitor or tourist knows this because every tour guide says this. And even every guide book writes about it, too.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

And this is the marbled room with marbled balcony where he was imprisoned. From here, he could see Taj Mahal, the grandiose tomb he built for his favourite wife.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

The fort is made of red sandstone.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

White marbles were added when it was transformed into a palace by Shah Jahan.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

The imposing gate is impossible to penetrate as it is high and has double embankments.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Do you know that there were 1,444,000 workers who built this fort in 8 years?

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Agra Fort also appears on the pages of Sherlock Holmes stories. In “The Sign of the Four” episode, you can’t miss this fort.

While the architecture is mostly Mughal, there's also a Hindu influence inside Agra Fort.

While the architecture is mostly Mughal, there’s also a Hindu influence inside Agra Fort.

This is one of the marbled rooms where Shah Jahan was imprisoned by his son. Can you see the ┬áprecious stones embedded in here? They’re everywhere in this room but visitors are not really allowed to touch or go near them. There’s a fence.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

And yes, of course, the British came and used this fort for their military operations. In fact, on the opposite side of this canon, you’ll find the tomb of a British general.

The British canon inside Agra Fort.

The British canon inside Agra Fort.

Can you imagine yourself in this pool and room made of white marble?

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

When you’re done, sit, relax and enjoy at the gardens.

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

Interesting Facts About Agra Fort (India).

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