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Purana Quila (Old Fort)

Purana Quila (Old Fort)The location of this wonderful yet old fort, commonly referred to as the Purana Quila is at the ancient site of Indraprastha. Archeological excavation of the site have thrown enough proof of the fact that civilization existed in the location even at 1000 BC. Potteries that have been found dates back to the days of Mahabharata and Purana Quila still evokes the aura of mystery. The fort was built by Humayun and it acted as the citadel of the city of Dinapanah. Visit this beautiful fort by making hotel reservation in Delhi.

For a brief period of few years, however, the fort fell into the hands of Sher Shah Suri whose all conquering army overwhelmed and swept away the Mughal resistance. Sher Shah, however, left his impression on the Purana Quila. He built quite a few magnificent buildings inside the fort. Quila Kuhna Masjid is one remarkable building built in Purana Quila under the patronizing eyes of Sher Shah.

The beauty of the mosque lies in its architectural grandeur. White marble and bright red sandstone make for the center portion of the mosque. There is one more building inside the fort that is of historical importance. It is and octagonal building called Sher Mandal built by Sher Shah. After the building was recaptured by Humayun, the Mughal emperor converted it into his library. It was in the Sher Mandal where later Humayun slipped from a ladder and fell to his death. The emperor was buried not far away from the place where he died. One of the remarkable work of architecture in Delhi, The Humayun Tomb lies just outside the gates Purana Quila.

This old but wonderful fort has been a witness to some of the greatest events in the history of India. Its battle scared walls speaks of the agony of defeat and joy of victory. Purana Quila is at the same time imposing and inspiring.

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