Travel to Northern India: Delhi's Red Fort: Photo 13
Looking west over the Hayat Baksh Bagh, with the Sawan pavilion at the left and, still within the fort's perimeter, British military buildings. They're a good reminder of the fact that, after the Mutiny, the British took over the fort and then destroyed the greater part of its private courtyards and apartments. James Fergusson was livid on this point. In his wonderful History of Indian and Eastern Architecture, rev. ed. 1910, he writes that "the whole of the haram courts of the palace were swept off the face of the earth to make way for a hideous British barrack, without those who carried out this fearful piece of Vandalism, thinking it even worth while to make a plan of what they were destroying or preserving any record of the most splendid palace of the world."
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