Agra is famous as being home to one
of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal. The
architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort
and the palaces is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums,
the fort and the palaces is a vivid reminder of the
capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
its significance as a political centre ended with the
transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan,
its architectural wealth has secured its place on the
A pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known
for its superb inlay work on marble and soastone by
craftsman who are descendant of those who worked under
the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets,
gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
Agra was once the capital of the Mughal empire and
even today it seems to linger in the past . Not surprising
, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building,
endowed the city with some of the finest structures
in the world . It is very easy to slip away here through
the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the
Agra is an old city
and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana,
a forest that finds mention in the epic Mahabharata.
more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar
Lodi made it his capital city in 1501 The Lodi rule
was to end very soon and Agra passed into the possession
of the Mughals .
was during the time of the third emperor Akbar that
Agra came into its own . He embarked on the construction
of the massive Agra Fort in 1565. Though Akbar was
diverted into building a new capital at Fatehpur sikri
not far away.
continued to retain its importance and Shah Jehan,
Akbar's garndson ornamented the city with that masterpiece
of Mughal architecture - the Taj Mahal and built several
other beautiful buildings within the Agra fort .
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