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East face of the Fort, [Agra]

East face of the Fort, [Agra]

Photographer: Murray, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 101/(2)

Item number: 1012

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the East side of the Fort-Palace in Agra, from the Murray Collection: 'Photographic views in Agra and its vicinity', taken by John Murray in the mid-1850s. The complex stands on the banks of the Yamuna and was built by the Emperor Akbar (r.1556-1605) between 1565 and 1573. Built principally as a military establishment on the site of an earlier walled complex, the fort is considered the predecessor of the Delhi Red Fort. The main entrance is on the western side consists of an outer Delhi Gate and an impressive inner gateway, the Hathi Pol (Elephant Gate). This was originally guarded by two huge stone elephants later removed by the Emperor Aurangzeb. The massive walls of the fort, built of red sandstone, are 20 feet high and 2.5km long with curved bastions at intervals.

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