Friday, 30 December 2011

The Fort at Agra, India

About 2 km from the Taj Mahal is Agra fort and we visited this on the same day.  It is considerably larger than the Red Fort in Delhi and encompasses several different styles of architecture and decoration as it evolved over time.  Parts of the fort are mainly sandstone and other parts are of marble.  There are also extensive grounds with waterways and pools.  Unlike the Red Fort in Agra where they were all dry, many of the waterways have water in them which made it a most pleasant and tranquil setting. 
Agra Fort
Marble structure within the inner part of the fort.
The marble arches.
Detail of the carving at the centre of one of the ceiling domes.
Grid carved in the marble to let in light.
A wall panel of carved flowers with a semi-precious stone inlay border.
Parts of the fort afford lovely views of the Taj Mahal.

View of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort.

Detail of a ceiling dome.
Sandstone carvings.
Decorative and functional buttresses.
Parts of the fort are derelict and have suffered from vandalism, but they are being renovated.

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