Was the Red Fort originally red? DELHISERIES

The Red Fort is a historic fort located in the centre of Delhi.
Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad.It took a whooping 10 years to  construct this magnificent piece of art. It was started by Ustad Hamid and Ustad Ahmed in 1638 and completed by 1648.

1.The Red Fort was originally red and white, Shah Jahan’s favourite colours. Yes, it’s called theRed Fort, but it was not originally built that way. Parts of the building were made of lime stone. When the whitestone started chipping off, the building was painted red by the British.

2. “Red Fort” is what Britishers gave to us. Originally it was called Quila-e-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort.

3. The Red Fort has two Entrances: Lahori Gate and Delhi Gate.

Lahori Gate is the main entrance and is named so because it faces the Lahore city. Delhi Gate looks similar to the Lahori Gate, and it was used as a public entrance to the Red Fort in Delhi.

4. Rang Mahal and Khas Mahal.

Rang Mahal which literally means ‘the Palace of Colours’ was built for queens and mistresses.

Only the emperor and the princes were allowed inside Rang Mahal. Kings used to spend time and have dinner with queens in Khas Mahal. And this palace was specially built for this purpose.



Red fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most well preserved and massive forts of India. The fort reflects Islamic sense of architecture with beautiful carvings.

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