The Red Fort was built as a palace for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, when he moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. The British later turned it into a military fort. The fort is surrounded by and gets its name from the 18 meter high red sand stone wall. Within the walls are marble pavilions and baths. When the British arrived, over twothirds of the building was demolished. All interiors were removed or destroyed, and replaced by stone barracks. Nowadays there is a pretty kitschy light and sound show every night (except Mondays), highlighting the most significant aspects of the fort’s history.
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