Photographer's Note

Do not worry; I will stop boring you with famous Indian gate photographs. This is the last one from this series, the photo of Red Fort Lahori Gate.

The Lahori Gate is the main entrance to the famous Red Fort located in Old Delhi. Through this gate the huge fort compound is approached through a covered street flanked by arcaded apartments called the Chhatta Chowk, a bazaar selling visitors trinkets, jewelry and miscellaneous local craft items. This gate is situated on the western wall of the fort; the gate received its name because it led to the city of Lahore in Punjab.

The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort rise 33-m above the glamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city.

The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. 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.

The imperial apartments consist of a row of pavilions, connected by a water channel known as the Stream of Paradise. The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan. Although the palace was planned according to Islamic prototypes, each pavilion contains architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Timurid, Persian and Hindu traditions.

The Red Fort is an iconic symbol of India. On Independence Day, the prime minister hoists the national flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally-broadcast speech from its defensive wall.

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Additional Photos by Miro Susta (mirosu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1573 W: 0 N: 3418] (16295)
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