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    Purana Qila (Old Fort)

    by MM212 Updated May 22, 2010
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    Known as Purana Qila (= "Old Fort"), this fortress was the sixth iteration of the city of Delhi. It occupies a mound thought to have been inhabited since 1000 BC, but the construction of the actual fortress was begun by the second Mughal Emperor Humayun in 1540. The Emperor was dispossessed by the Afghan Emperor Sher Shah Suri, who established the brief Suri Empire in northern India. Sher Shah renamed the fortress Shergarh and continued its construction, but his reign was also brief due to his death, leaving Humayun to recapture the throne and re-establish Mughal rule. Sher Shah's short-lived empire left behind a few beautiful monuments, including a mosque and a pavilion within Purana Qila, which have survived intact (see separate tips). The interior of the castle is nowadays open to the public (for a fee) and has been landscaped into a beautiful park.

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    Sher Shah Mandal

    by MM212 Updated May 22, 2010
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    Built in 1541 by Emperor Sher Shah Suri, Sher Mandal is an octagonal pavilion within Purana Qila, the Old Fort. The structure was originally intended to be a tall tower, but its construction was stopped at two floors upon the death of Sher Shah. Emperor Humayun, who later turned the pavilion into a library, tragically fell off its steps and died in 1556.

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    Qala-i-Kuhna Masjid

    by MM212 Written May 22, 2010
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    Built by Emperor Sher Shah Suri in 1541, Qala-i-Kuhna Masjid was the grand mosque of the Old Fort, Purana Qila. It is the best preserved and most beautiful structure within the fortress. Its architecture, built from red sandstone and inlaid with breathtaking decorative marble, marks the transition from earlier Lodhi to the later Mughal styles. The stunning main mihrab (prayer niche) in its interior is surrounded by intricately decorated marble.

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    Purana Qila, Delhi

    by chizz Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    The Purana Qila or Old Fort was built by the second Mughal emperor Humayun in 1538 and is built on the site formally known as Indraprastha. This fortress precedes the Red Fort and houses the emperor's living quarters, library (from the steps of which he slipped and died), the soldier's barracks and a mosque built by Sher Shah Suri who had temporarily dethroned Humayun. There is also a small museum near the entrance gate.
    Open from 6am to 6pm. Entry costs are 100 rupees per foreign visitor, Under 15's are free. Entry to museum is 2 rupees (although no-one asked to see a ticket) and video fees are 2 rupees.

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    Qila-I-Kuhna Masjid

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 5, 2007
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    The Qila-I-Kuhna Masjid or the "Mosque within the Old Fort" was constructed by Sher Shah Sur in 1541. Architecturally, it exemplifies the transition from the earlier mosques of the Lodi period to those of the Mughal period. Characterised by a well decorated facade with five arched openings, it has oriel windows at the sides and rear and corner towers at the rear, inlay ornamentation, eaves supported on brackets, framed arches, a central dome and a spacious prayer hall with richly decked central Mihrab. The tank in the courtyard was intended for ablution before the prayers.

    This building was the first of many that I saw in India being renovated with the help of bamboo scaffolding which I found fascinating if a little precarious. In fact I signalled to the women walking around that it looked unsafe and they just laughed in what seemed like agreement! Another health and safety officers nightmare moment, I thought to myself!

    Open: Sunrise to Sunset everyday. Admission: Rs100 for foreigners.

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    Sher Mandal

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 5, 2007
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    This double-storeyed octagonal pavilion of red sandstone relieved by strips of marble is known as the Sher Mandal after Sheh Shah Sur who is believed to have built it in about 1541. Recessed arches mark each side in the centre. On its second storey is a cruciform chamber with recesses on the sides. Its interior, (which you can't enter into), is decorated with glazed tiles and stucco work with geometric patterns.

    Possibly built by as a pleasure resort, the pavilion is said to have been used by Humayun as his library and he is believed to have died in 1556 after a mortal fall from its steps.

    Open: Sunrise to Sunset everyday. Admission: Rs100 for foreigners.

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    Purana Qila

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 5, 2007
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    Popularly known as Pandavon-ka Kila, the Purana Qila stands on a mound which may possibly mark the site of the town of Indraprastha of the Mahabharata story. Emperor Humayun laid the foundations of a city named Dinpanah or 'Refuge of the Faithful' here, in 1534, and the inner citadel of this city is the Purana Qila. He conceived Dinpanah as 'a southern Samarkand' or refuge for learned men of all Islamic sects who could discuss theology at leisure under the patronage of their emperor. However, in 1540, Sher Shah Suri captured the city and renamed it Delhi Shershahi or Shergarh and built many buildings in it. In 1555, Humayun recaptured it and lived here until his death.

    The Purana Qila is irregularly oblong on plan with bastions on corners and along the western ramparts. Its principal gateways on the north, west and south are crowned with Chhatris and are known respectively as Talaqi, Bara and Humayun Darwazas. The exterior of the Bara Darwaza gate was originally decorated with coloured tiles and the rooms with incised plasterwork. The gate is said to be either built by Humayun or repaired by him, as his name is inscribed in ink in the recess of the gate.

    Open: Sunrise to Sunset everyday. Admission: Rs100 for foreigners.

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    Sher Shah Mosque/Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid

    by RAJASTHANBYCAR Written Mar 1, 2007

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    Inside the Old fort is the Kuhna Masjid built by Sher Shah in 1541 and is considered to be a masterpiece of architecture. The inner west wall of the building has five arched openings,which are richly ornamented in white and black marble. On a marble slab inside the mosque is an inscription which when translated reads: ' as long as there are people on this earth,may this edifice be frequented and people be cheerful and happy in it.

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    Ruins of Purana Qila

    by tremendopunto Updated Sep 3, 2006

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    Another interesting sight on a nice walk through Delhi are the ruins of Purana Qila - built by the Afghan Sher Shah, who ruled over India for a short period. Entry was free and there are some nice ruins and the Quila-I-Kuhran Mosque. You can walk up to the top of this mosque to have the best view over the sight.

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    Purana Qila: Sher Mandal

    by travelmad478 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Purana Qila is a huge, park-like fortress containing a number of Mughal mosques, tombs, and other structures. The complex was the center of Delhi's "Sixth City," created by the emperor Humayun. Now, the space is one of Delhi's best parks, where you can enjoy a rare few hours of quiet and uninterrupted green space. It's a great place to bring a picnic and hang around for the afternoon.

    In the foreground of this photo is the Sher Mandal, an octagonal building that once housed a library and observatory. Humayun fell to his death from the steps of this building in 1556.

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    Purana qila

    by Rupanworld Written Jun 14, 2009
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    Purana qila (Old Fort) is also called Pandavo ka Qila (The Fort of the Pandavas). It is said to be one of the oldest ones in Delhi and dates back to the time of Indraprastha, the first city of Delhi.

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    Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 5, 2007
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    The small archaeological museum in the main gate gives you the brief history of Delhi and Purana Qila. It also houses objects of different periods found during the excavation at this site.

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    Purana Qila: Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque

    by travelmad478 Written Aug 16, 2003

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    Built in 1541, the Qila-i-Kuhna mosque was constructed by Sher Shah, who ruled from 1540-1555. It is a beautiful red sandstone structure, now a bit derelict but still lovely from the outside.

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