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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:11 PM   #221
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Lahore Gate, one of the fort's six gateways, leads on to the covered bazaar of Chatta Chowk, where brocades and jewels were once sold.





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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:18 PM   #223
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Chatta Chowk, means covered bazaar, which in 17th century India was extremely unusual and this one especially is unique in Mughal architecture.





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Old March 4th, 2011, 01:21 PM   #224
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Naubat Khana or Naqqar Khana (drum house) stands at the entrance of the palace area, and was used for playing music five times a day at chosen hours. Faced with red stone, it is a large three storied building, rectangular on plan. Carved designs on its red stone walls appear to have been originally painted with gold, while the interior was painted in other colors.





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Diwan-i-Am, or the "Hall of Public Audience", was the place where Shah Jahan received the general public and heard their grievances.




With the courtyard in the front, it was originally surrounded by arcaded apartments used by chiefs on duty. With an impressive facade of nine engrailed arch openings, the hall was ornamented with gilded stucco work.








In the center of the eastern wall, stands a marble canopy covered by a "Bengal roof", under which was placed the Emperor's throne.




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THE RED FORT Palace area





The Rang Mahal, or the "Palace of Colours", consists of a large hall, originally painted on the interior from which it derives its name. This was the largest of the royal apartments and was also called 'Imtiyaz Mahal' (Palace of Distinction.






It is divided into six apartments by engrailed arches set on piers.

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The Khas Mahal was the Emperor's private palace. Animal fights, such as between lions and elephants, were organized below this palace for the entertainment of royals.





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Diwan-i-Khas, also known as "Shah Mahal" was the "Hall of Private Audience" used by the emperor for receiving selected courtiers and visitors. It consists of a rectangular central chamber, surrounded by series of arches rising from piers.





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The Hammam (royal baths) were the favorite resort of the Mughal emperors, where important business decisions were also transacted. It consist of three main apartments separated by corridors. The first provided hot vapor baths, the second sprayed rose-scented water through sculpted fountains, and the third contained cold water.



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Moti Masjid or the Pearl Mosque was built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1659 for his personal use. The mosque was also used by the ladies of the seraglio (harem) who entered through a passage in the northern wall of the enclosure.





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The rest of the palace area









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One of the building is now used as a restaurant for tourists. But unfortunately, business is not really good despite the nice interior.





At time of visit, nothing's available in the menu, except for a vegetable sandwich, which is just a couple slices of loaf bread with tomato and cucumber.
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QUTB MINAR COMPLEX

The Qutb (Arabic for pole or axis) area saw the advent of Islamic rule in India. This historic area was where Qutbuddin Aibak laid the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate.

In 1193, he built the Quwwat-ul-Islam ("the might of Islam") Mosque and the Qutb Minar to announce the advent of the Muslim sultans.

Later, Iltutmish, Alauddin Khilji and Feroze Shah Tughlaq added other buildings, bringing in a new architectural style. The fusion of decorative Hindu panels and Islamic domes and arches shows the mingling of two cultures.


The Mughal Mosque





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really impressive series!
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Extension by Iltutmish



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The tomb of Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish was built in about A.D. 1235 by Iltutmish himself. This is a landmark in Indo-Islamic architecture.

The structure consists of a tomb chamber with a central cenotaph. It is believed that the original dome had fallen and was replaced by Firoz Shah Tughluq, but even that did not survive.







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The tomb is profusely carved on the entrances and in the interior with inscription in Kufi and Naskh characters and geometric and arabesque patterns in Saracenic tradition..





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