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Feroze Shah Kotla in Delhi
The Imperial City of Feroze Shah
Feroze Shah Tughlaq (1351-88) built the enormous city of Ferozabad in
1354, which contemporary historians say extended from the present
Ridge area (Pir Ghalib) in the north to Hauz Khas in the south. Well,
it is not entirely impossible, since Feroze Shah Tughlaq had a hunting
lodge in the northern extreme and in the south, he had built a madrasa
and his own tomb (see the Hauz-i-Alai complex). Although there are no
remains of any such city-wall.
¤ The Ruins of Feroze Shah Kotla
At one time Feroze Shah Kotla had lain on the banks of the Yamuna
river as to that, what wasn't now it's just outside the
Delhi gate of Shahjahanabad or old Delhi, beyond the busy ITO
crossing. This used be the Kushk-i-Feroze, the palace of Feroze Shah
Tughlaq. Nothing much survives of it now, except for the Ashoka
Pillar, as in of King Asoka of the Mauryan empire (which Feroze Shah
Tughlaq had brought from Topra, Ambala to his capital). Apart from
which there are the broken down ruins of the Jama masjid (Friday
mosque) and a round step well (baoli), which is two floors deep and
has antechambers at each level. An interesting account has been given
in contemporary historians of how the Asokan pillar was brought to the
capital. The connoisseur of buildings Feroze Shah Tughlaq took great
pains to see to it that no damage came to the ancient structure.
The Jama Masjid is reached by a gateway from the north and rests on
rows of rooms which are on the ground floor. In the times when the
Tughlaq occupied the throne of Delhi it used to be one of the largest
mosques going, and Timur, who invaded India just after Feroze shah
Tughlaq's reign, mentions praying here.Be a part of this cultural city
and enjoy every aspect of monumental heritage of Delhi on your travel
vacations in India.
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