There’s a belief that if an invader captures the Laal Qila (the 'Red Fort’, as it is also commonly known), India will be considered captured. An interesting, but not surprising, belief - since the Red Fort has been, for more than three hundred years, a symbol of empire. When the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi in the mid-17th century, the Red Fort (which was then known also as Qila-e-Mubarak or Qila-e-Shahjahanabad) was built to house the imperial court. Spreading out over 125 acres, the fort was completed in 1648, and contained within it pavilions, palaces, gardens, and even busy markets.
Today, only about 80% of the original buildings remain- and all of them have...Read More