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Purana Qila Delhi

Purana Quila is the oldest structure built in the confinements of the city, Delhi. Standing pensively besieged by wild flora, Purana Quila is two kilometers in the circuit area and on lines of an efficient fortress design, it is rectangular in shape.

Foundation of Purana Quila was laid down by Humayun in 1533 in the form of massive gateway and walls. With time, as the rule over the city changed hands from Humayun to Sher Shah Suri, final construction works was carried out under the reign of Sher Shah Suri.

Two of the prominent features of the Purana Quila are the northern gateway also known as Talaqui Darwaza (forbidden gateway), and the southern gateway called the Humayun Darwaza. These two gateways are amalgamation of typically Islamic pointed arch exemplified by the Hindu Chhatris and brackets which completes the overall design of this fortress. The walls of Purana Quila also coddle a mosque built by Sher Shah Suri in 1541 which goes by the name of Qila-i-kuhna masjid.

A riveting lore, which says that this fort is believed to be constructed by the Pandavas rather than the Mughals, gives it air of mystic and yet another reason to the people around the world to visit and enjoy their trip to the Purana Quila. Purana Quila is undoubtedly an experience which is hard to come by and should not be overlooked by anyone who genuinely likes to time travel via such marvelous structures.

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