India - Agra City Information

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Agra City Information

Agra is famous city having one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. The city has the architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces of the legendary Mughal Empire.

It was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.  It is a pleasant town known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone. It is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Places of Interest:

Taj Mahal - The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful monument built entirely of white marble and has stunning architectural beauty which is beyond any description. It is believed to be built by a Muslim, Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. There is also a dispute over the building as Tejo Mahalaya, a Shiva temple.

Agra Fort – The fort is built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. It is a masterpiece of design and construction. In the fort, there are buildings of Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Aam, Diwani-I-Khas and musanman Burj, Khaas Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.

Itmad - Ud Daula - The Itmad -Ud -Daula built by the Empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. It is ornamented with pietra dura inlay and lattice work marble screens.
 
Chini Ka Roza - The tomb of Afzal Khan, the Persian poet and minister at Shah Jehan's court has brightly coloured glazed tiles.

Sikandara - It is the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Fatehpur Sikri - It has gateways and light- hearted palaces built in red sandstone. Some of them are the Diwan-e-Khas, the panch mahal, the marble tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza.

 

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