Photographer's Note

Fresh from Delhi...I squeezed in some time between office, unpacking and other sundry work to take some pictures of prominent monuments in Delhi. Still a long way to go before totally settling down.

Emperor Shah Jahan built Delhi's most magnificent monument, the Red Fort. In 1638 Shah Jahan shifted the Mughal Empire's capital from Agra to Delhi. A new royal palace known as Red Fort (Lal Qila) was constructed. It was begun in 1639 and completed in 1648. The name comes from the massive red sandstone walls that surround it.

The Red Fort has walls extending up to 2 kms. in length with the height varying from 18 mts. on the river side to 33 mts. on the city side. The fort has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate. The latter faces Chandni Chowk, the city's most crowded but diverse market. The Red Fort gets its name from the use of red sandstone in its construction. It is situated on the western banks of the Yamuna (which has since changed its course).

Passing the Naubat Khana, one comes face to face with the Diwan-I-Aam (hall of public audience). Here the Emperor would sit on a marbled paneled alcove, studded with gems, and hear complaints of the common people. It was in this flat-roof hall, having rows of cusped arches, that the emperor met his subjects. The emperor sat on a lavish marble-paneled throne set within an inlaid and painted alcove, built into the back wall of the hall. The throne was also studded with precious stones. A platform is located below the throne where the announcer read out royal farmans (royal edict) and list of gifts to be handed out to important people.

The Diwan-i-Aam, or Hall of Public Audience, is where the Emperor meets his subjects. It is built on the outer portion of the Red Fort, away from his own private quarters.

60 pillars support the roof of the impressive Diwan-i-Aam. A magnificient work of architecture without a doubt.

Workshop : Desaturated the photo. The graphical effect of the columns and the arches have IMO come off very well.

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