Siri Fort, New Delhi

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Siri Fort, in the city of New Delhi, was built during the rule of Alaudin Khalji, the Turkic (Afghan) ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, to defend the city from the onslaught of the Mongols. It was the second of the seven cities of medieval Delhi built around 1303 (stated to be the first entirely constructed by Turks), which at present is seen only in ruins with a few remnants (pictured)Near the Siri Fort ruins modern auditoriums, the Asian Games Village Complex and residential and commercial establishments fill the modern landscape between the Khel Gaon Marg and the Aurobindo Marg in the heart of South Delhi.HistoryAlauddin is the best known of the Khilji dynasty because he extended his dominion to Southern India and established the second city of Delhi, Siri. He created Siri between 1297 and 1307 to defend against Mongol invasions of India and Delhi. In response he built Siri Fort, mimicked massive Turkish ones. The Fort served as the seat of his power during his campaigns to enlarge his territory. Due to frequent Mongol invasions of West Asia, the Saljuqs took asylum in Delhi. The craftsmen of Seljuq dynasty are credited with this era's architectural monuments in Delhi.
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  • Siri Fort is an auditorium that can accommodate nearly 2000 persons. It is known as the best auditorium for movies, dance programs, dramas, conference and musical programs. It has a main hall and a ba...  more »
  • Little hard to find, even locals are not aware about the whereabouts and will take you to the auditorium instead of the fort. The fort is mostly in ruins now, restoration would have revived it.  more »
  • Beware that even locals and autorickshaw drivers won't know where you are visiting and take you to the adjacent auditorium instead, even when you point at where you think it is, so be prepared to walk...  more »
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