Purana Qila or the Old Fort was constructed in the 16th century (1539-40) by Sher Shah Suri of the Sur Dynasty who defeated his arch rival, Humayun, bringing the Mughal Dynasty to a near end but for his death in 1945 after which Humayun regained the empire. Excavations at the site of Purana Qila have exposed the evidence such as pottery and other pieces of art and handicrafts which throws light on the existence of the city of Indraprastha mentioned in the great epic of Mahabharat times.
In March 2006, a face lift was given to Purana Qila from where President George Bush delivered a speech
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