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Allahabad Fort

Allahabad Fort

Allahabad Fort (Hindi: इलाहाबाद क़िला, Urdu: الہ آباد قلعہ Ilāhābād Qila) at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India was built by Akbar in 1583. The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near its confluence with the river Ganga. It is recognised by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.[1]

History

The Allahabad Fort is the largest fort built by Akbar. In its prime, the fort was unrivalled for its design, construction and craftsmanship. This huge fort has three galleries flanked by high towers. In 1798, the fort was captured by The East India Company.[2]

Fort of Akbar, Allahabad, 1850s

At present, the fort is used by the army and only a limited area is open to visitors. The outer wall is intact and rises above the water's edge. Inside the fort there is the Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the 3rd century BCE Ashoka pillar.[3] The Saraswati Koop, said to be the source of the Saraswati river, and the Patalpuri temple are also here.

Allahabad Fort is the location of the much revered Akshayavat or "immortal tree". Legends say that if anyone jumps from this centuries-old banyan tree, he will attain immortality. Civilians are not allowed to see this tree. It is near the southern wall and is one among many trees that can be seen from outside the southern wall of the fort.

In the fort one railway track comes from the Allahabad railway station. This railway track was made by the East India Company for use during the war.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Alphabetical List of Monuments - Uttar Pradesh". Archaeological Survey of India, Government of India. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Bhattacherje, S. B. (May 1, 2009). Encyclopaedia of Indian Events & Dates. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. pp. A–110. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ashoka Pillar at Allahabad Fort British Library.

External links

  • Ashoka Pillar at Allahanbad Fort, British Library


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