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Agra, India
   
   
Red Fort
The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the center of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of Mughal government and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Agra Fort is the only fort in India where the early Mughal emperors lived. The Fort is built on an irregular semicircle plan along the river. The entry pathways are in a zig zag as this would be very confusing when elephants were used to attack and they would crash into the wall.

 

 

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Moat

 

 

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All of the pathways are at angles to keep attacking elephants confused. They would actually crash into the walls

 

 

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Balconies where the people being entertained would sit

 

 

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Only use handmade brooms

 

 

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Wire to keep birds and squirrels off of steeples
Intricate paintings

 

 

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Emperor's son kept him locked up in this area most of his later years fearing he would spend al of his inheritance

 

 

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Single piece of carved stone

 

 

 

 

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Gardens are irrigated with raw sewage - - Smell was awful

 

 

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Looks out on river where hundreds live in camps
Fountain was gravity fed from storage tanks with perfume added during entertainment

 

 

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Silk fabric was strung through the rings for decoration
Taj Mahal in the distance

 

 

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Secret stairway

 

 

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