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Agra, India: the Red Fort | by Yvon from Ottawa
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Agra, India: the Red Fort

After a short trek through the streets of Agra, we arrived at the "other" major attraction in the city, the Red Fort also known as Lal Qila. It is much less famous than the Taj Mahal, but is just as worthy of a visit if you happen to be in Agra. The site of the present Fort is said to have been occupied by an earlier brick fort as early as 1080 AD. The present structure is built of red sandstone. According to a credible source, nearly 1.5 million builders worked on it for eight years completing it in 1573. The source doesn't say whether they all worked at the same time, but I would think that it is unlikely!

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Taken on January 25, 1994