Shah Burj

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nahidau
Mumbai, India16 contributions
Nov 2020
Beauty, History, Take a tour guide, lovely clicks, ensure that you have a couple of hours to go through the monuments well.
Written 11 November 2020
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SalimM
London, UK1,779 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a tower located in the Agra fort. According to our chirpy guide it was built in early 1600 by Shah Jahan (yes the guy was an impulsive builder) for his missus Mumtaz. Apparently, it was covered by precious stones but no longer there. Each successive dynasty or rule helped themselves to the valuables. There is a separate fee to visit this part of the fort but you get a good view of the Taj mahal. It is here the old man spent his last days gazing at the Taj when he was locked up. Sad eh.
Written 9 February 2020
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,007 contributions
Aug 2019
As is known, Agra Fort was the undisputed political center of the Mughal Empire since its construction by the emperor Akbar the Great (construction begun in 1565) and until the transfer of the capital from Agra to Delhi (1638); with some important intervals, such as the 1569-1584 one, when the capital was Fatehpur Sikri, and the 1584-1598 one, when the capital was Lahore.
In any case, in all these years, the Fort has been affected by many, substantial building additions, carried out even at the price of the demolition of pre-existing parts. The result is a very varied collection of building types, which makes the fort an almost unique "emporium" of the Mughal architecture (especially after the demolitions carried out during the period of British domination within the Red Fort in Delhi); perhaps only the "abandoned capital", Fatehpur Sikri, can be compared to Agra Fort.
But in this "emporium", in my opinion the excellence belongs to the Musamman Burj (ie, octgonal tower) or Shah Burj. Actually the term doesn't refer only to the octagonal tower in the strict sense (which features a gilded copper roof), but to the whole building complex that is dominated by the tower; for which really the "architecture from One Thousand and One Nights" term isn't excessive.
It's rather well known that these apartments were built by Shah Jahan (the same builder of the Taj Mahal) for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, and that they were then used by Shah Jahan's son, Aurangzeb, to close insiede them his father until his death, after dethroning it. In any case, they are princely apartments among the most splendid that exist. The rooms are paved with light marble up to the top of the ceiling (but once the ceiling was also gilded); in addition, an open pavilion shows a gorgeous shallow lotus-shaped tank on the floor, featuring a water jet in the center. Floors, walls and ceiling are covered with delicate carvings.
Other loggias allow views towards the Yamuna River and Taj Mahal. The whole is a splendor difficult to describe.
In conclusion, the visitor can decide to skip one or the other of the buildings present in the Agra Fort. But if he skips this, he will skip an extraordinary experience.
Written 20 November 2019
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namanjain265
Gwalior, India29 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
it's a good place to visit and you will eventually reach here if you are at Agra Fort, you can see Agra from here
Written 5 August 2019
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jojo
10 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
this building is very grand and majestic to say the least. very nice to see mughal heritage which ruled india
Written 16 June 2019
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ejazakram
New Delhi, India10 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
it is very beautiful within the vicinity of red fort, agra. It is meant for the common people who want to pay attention to thier grivances directly to Emperor Jahangir at that time by bell installed outside the fort.
Written 29 March 2019
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Rajesh B
Mumbai, India26 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Go to Agra Fort during sunset to experience the red sandstone take on an amazing hue. Also get unfettered Taj views.
Written 6 March 2019
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One_of_the_BOFs
Cheltenham, UK7,255 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
If one had to be imprisoned by one of your four sons (who had already killed his three brothers) for eight years, then this would certainly not be a bad place for it.
Especially when it offers you a great view of the final resting place of your favourite wife (his mother), at which you will join her at the appropriate time.
Written 23 February 2019
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Ethelberga H
Grantham, UK605 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
This Burj meaning tower is inside the Agra Fort. As you are already inside the fort it is worth seeing but not otherwise. You get a very good view from the tower over the whole area of the fort. Shah Jahan was imprisoned here in his last days.
Written 22 February 2019
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shanupce137
Jaipur, India171 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
You can get a beautiful view from this burj.
This is situated inside the agra fort. It is said that from the windows of the tower, Shah Jahan look at Taj Mahal in his last days, when he is in prison.
Written 6 February 2019
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