A Feast For the Eyes!

A Feast For the Eyes!
The Red Fort is an important monument in India's modern history,

The divine beauty of the Taj Mahal often steals the limelight but here are other Shah Jahan specials that deserve your attention

Meenketan Jha
February 22 , 2019
02 Min Read

The Taj Mahal has been a global monument of eternal love. This one-of-a-kind structure with its riveting details and exquisite craftsmanship is the epitome of the unique blend of Persian, Islamic, and Indian architectural styles. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan spearheaded this golden age of Mughal architecture overseeing the construction of the Taj Mahal among many other structures of Mughal master class. Under the scrutinizing eyes of the Mughal emperor, India saw a period of prosperity. While wealth was widespread it was the encouragement of art and culture that this Mughal king is more widely renowned for. Though the ineffable beauty of the Taj Mahal has often overshadowed the other magnificent monuments erected during his reign Shah Jahan's innate genius has to be acknowledged. 

The Agra Fort, for instance, was started by his grandfather and the greatest Mughal emperor Akbar but it was under Shah Jahan that it took on its modern great form. The Jama Masjid in Delhi is another fine structure offering a mesmerizing blend of various architectural forms with a capability of accommodating over 25,000 people. It was also the inspiration behind the Badshahi Masjid in Lahore, built by his son Aurangzeb. But by far the most venerable monument erected by Shah Jahan, apart from the Taj, has to be the Lal Qila (Red Fort) in the national capital. While it was designed to reflect Islamic traditions, a fruitful mixture of Hindu, Timurid, and Persian architectural forms bought forth an absolute marvel. 


The Red Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years

Beautifully decorated arches in the interior of the Red Fort. The fort complex is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan

People offering prayers on Eid at the Jama Masjid in Delhi. One of the largest mosques in the world, it is constructed using red sandstone and white marble.

The historic Agra Fort was the main residence of the Mughal kings before the shift to Delhi

Diwan-i-Am is the Hall of Public Audience in Agra Fort. The fort was built primarily as a military structure, but was later upgraded to a palace.

Ornately decorated room inside the Agra Fort designed and built by Mughal emperor Akbar. Akbar's grandson, Shah Jahan, would give this impressive structure its modern form

Moti Masjid in Agra Fort was constructed by Shah Jahan for his members of royal court

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