There are as many forts in Asia as UNESCO World Heritage Sites


Asia has some of the most magnificent and historic forts in the world. Most of which are in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Their structure and beauty fascinates everyone. At the same time, it gives traces of the fort’s past.

These forts were used as strongholds of state administration in the past. Today these forts are a huge attraction for tourists. Let’s know about some such UNESCO World Heritage listed forts-

Agra Fort in India

Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was the main residence of the Mughal emperors until the mid-17th century.

The fort features stunning architecture with structures like Jahangir’s Palace, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas and Musaman Burj. Agra Fort is just 2.7 km from Taj Mahal.

Chittorgarh Fort in India

It is the largest fort in India. It is located in Rajasthan. It is known for its historical battles and the legend of Queen Padmini. The fort has magnificent structures like Rana Kumbh Palace, Vijay Stambha (Tower of Victory) and Kirti Stambha (Tower of Fame).

Jaisalm Fort in India

It is known as the Golden Fort because of the yellow sandstone. It is located in Rajasthan. A significant population still lives inside this fort. Within this fort are palaces, temples and residential areas.

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Suwon Hwaseong Castle in South Korea

Built in the late 18th century, Suwon Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an example of traditional Korean and modern architecture of the time.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

It is also known as Lion Rock. This ancient stone fort is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by King Kassap in the 5th century, the fort has a palace, gardens and remains of frescoes.

Lahore Fort, Pakistan

Lahore Fort in Pakistan known as Shahi Qila. This Lahore Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and Alamgiri Gate. which reflects the rich history of the Mughal era.

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

The Portuguese built the Galle Fort, but the Dutch later expanded it. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located in Galle, Sri Lanka. Galle Fort has its ramparts, fortifications and colonial buildings.

Source: Times of India

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