Agra Fort

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The Delhi High Court recently sought the Archaeological Survey of India’s(ASI) response in plea moved by two registered trusts against the ASI’s communication rejecting permission to organize a cultu

About Agra Fort:

  • It is a large 16th-century fortress of red sandstone located on the Yamuna River in the historic city of Agra, west-central Uttar Pradesh.
  • It is about 2.5 km northwest of its more famous sister monument, the TajMahal. 
  • It was built under the commission of Emperor Akbar in 1565.
  • It was only during the reign of Akbar’s grandson, Shah Jahan, that the site took on its current state.
  • It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty till 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. 
  • Features:
  • The fort is crescent-shaped, with a long, nearly straight wall facing the Yamuna river on the east side. 
  • The fort houses a maze of buildings, including vast underground sections. 
  • The outer wall is surrounded by a wide and deep moat on three sides. 
  • The Agra Fort has four main gateways- the Khizri Gate, Amar Singh Gate, Delhi Gate and Ghazni Gate.
  • The fort complex was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.


Q1) What is a UNESCO World Heritage site?

World Heritage Sites are cultural and/or natural sites considered to be of ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, which have been inscribed on the World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee.
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