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The Red Fort, Agra: 187 reviews and 453 photos


The Diwan-i-Khas, or Hall of Private Audiences is situated to the north of Musamman Burj, and was built in 1635 for Shah Jahan. Constructed of white marble, it consists of two large halls; an outer pillared hall and an inner closed hall, connected by archways. The inner hall has alcoves with raised seats on the sides. Durbar was held in the outer hall, with the inner reserved for confidential business.

The famous Peacock Throne, made in 1634, was placed here, until it was removed to the Red Fort in Delhi in 1648 (from where it was plundered by Nadir Shah in 1739 and probably taken to Iran).

On the terrace outside are two simple benches - the white marble one was for the emperor, while the one made of black slate was for visitors (although it is said that the black 'throne' belonged to Jehangir).

Below the terrace lies the Machchhi Bhawan....

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  • Updated Mar 24, 2010
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