5 Facts About Red Fort That Will Blow Your Mind Away!

Red Fort is probably one of the most unexplored monuments of Delhi. And we’re telling you some interesting facts about the fort your school books never mentioned! In fact, if it serves any good, you must know that Red Fort wasn’t always RED!

I. Originally, The Red Fort Was White In Colour

According to reports by Archaeological Survey of India, the fort used to be white in colour! It was concluded that lime plaster had been used on some parts of the monumental beauty. And that the British had painted the fort red after the white colour faded.

II. Spread Across 256 Acres Of Land

The Red Fort has two primary entrances – Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate. The entire structure is encircled by a huge wall and the fort is spread across 256 acres of land.

III. Red Fort Housed The Famous ‘Rang Mahal’

Literally translated to the Palace of Colours – Red Fort used to house the sprawling palace. Home to the wives and mistresses of The Emperor, the palace was somewhat of a getaway for the Emperors who visited the place for dinner.

IV. Housed The Kohinoor Diamond

Red Fort used to house the legendary Kohinoor Diamond in the Diwan-i-Khas. In fact, according to historians, the diamond was embedded into the royal throne of Shah Jahan! The precious stone was later stolen by Nadir Shah and today is a part of Royal Crown Collection of England.

V. Bahadur Shah Zafar Was Tried For Treason At Red Fort

The last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar was tried by the British in the Diwan-i-Khas of the Red Fort on the charges of treason. This took place directly after the Revolt of 1857.

So, how many of these facts did you know, eh?

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