Agra Fort (1983)
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India 2004. Souvenir sheet containing two stamps showing the Agra Fort.

Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. 

  • India 2004. Souvenir sheet containing two stamps showing the Agra Fort. 

Agra is a city in northern India, in Uttar Pradesh State, capital of Agra District, on the Yamuna River.  Agra is celebrated as the site of the Taj Mahal and of several other outstanding examples of Indo-Saracenic architecture, including the Jahangri Mahal, a palace of white marble constructed for the Mughal emperor Akbar, and the Moti Masjid, also known as the Pearl Mosque, built during the early part of the 17th century. 

India 2004. Close-up of the two stamps from the above souvenir sheet depicting panoramas of Agra Fort.  Stamp #1.

India 2004. Close-up of the two stamps from the above souvenir sheet depicting panoramas of Agra Fort.  Stamp #2.
The Mughal emperor Akbar (1556-1605) established the present city of Agra in 1566; it became a center of culture and scholarship, and served as a seat of government for the Mughal Empire until 1648, when the emperor Aurangzeb moved to Delhi. Agra was captured by the British in 1803. Since 1835 the city has been a provincial capital and an administrative center. 

In its own way the tomb has some similarity with the nearby Taj Mahal, and has maybe served as inspiration for the building of this great memorial. 

  • India 1966. Tomb of Akbar the Great, Sikandra, Agra. 

India 1966. Tomb of Akbar the Great, Sikandra, Agra.


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