Point of Interest

Sher Shah Suri Gate

India / Asia

The Sher Shah Suri Gate was built in the 16th century by Sher Shah Suri (1486-1545), the founder of the Suri Empire of North India.  He constructed this gate after defeating Humayun. This gate is believed to mark the southern edge of his kingdom – Shergarh.

The structure is a fine example of Ashlar and rubble masonry work.  Ashlar is a finely dressed stone, given the shape of bricks with smooth edges and parallel faces, while in rubble masonry, random uncut stones are fixed with mortar.  Ashlar stones are generally used as tiles to decorate façades.  It was partially damaged in 2012 due to heavy rain.  In 2016 the ASI started a project to restore the gateway work within a year but has not completed the work due to the complexity of the structure, and labour troubles.  As a result, the gate is now mostly in ruins.

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