|Purana Qila, Bara Darwaaza|
|The two walls|
Some interesting facts !!
1) The walls of the fort are 20 meters tall and 4 meters thick. The fort is enclosed by 2 walls, one inside wall and the other outside wall. Between the walls there was a water body to prevent attacks. The walls and gates were made in one year.
2) The fort has four gates in total. There are two double storied arched gate ways called Humayun Darwaza and Talaqi Darwaza. The first and main gate is called Bara Darwaza. It is a triple storey structure and the gate is 20 meters high. The walls have some holes for arrows and guns. The forth Darwaza had a moat linked to the river Yamuna, made perhaps to escape in the event of an attack.
3) Sher Mandal is a small octagonal red stone tower on the right side of the Talaqi Darwaza. Humayun used this as his library. He slipped on the stairs of this tower and eventually died because of the injuries he sustained. Rumors exist that after the death of Humayun, the Mughals considered the fort to be cursed and vacated the structure. The Mughals then constructed a new fort known as Lal quila (Red Fort)
|Main gate of Masjid|