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    RANGEEN DARWAZA, Aurangabad

    rangeen darwaza is a ancient gate of aurangabad city, near the residence of district collector, near kille ark. kille ark used to be the residence of the last mughal emperor, aurangzeb during his stay in aurangabad city from 1680 to 1707.
    this gate was also in a bad condition but was restored by municipal corporation of aurangabad, under guidance from aurangabad chapter of intach. One of the things that makes Aurangabad stand out from the several other medieval cities in India were its 52 "gates", each of which have a local history or had individuals linked with them. Not many people are aware of the fact that Aurangabad is also known as the "City of Gates".

    Out of 52 only 4 main and 9 subordinate gates have survived, the most famous and oldest and biggest of them being the Bhadkal Gate near the Naukhanda Palace of Nizams

    When Aurangzeb made Aurangabad his capital, there were 54 suburbs which were walled in like the city itself, the chief of these were Begampura and Aurangpura.

    During Khan Jahan's second viceroyalty, Aurangzeb built a wall round the city in 1682, to protect it from the incursions of the Marathas; and in 1696 he erected a similar fortified wall for Begumpura. The city wall is terraced, and is of solid masonry, but of no great height, being in many parts not more than fourteen feet. The battlements are loop-holed, and the merlins over the gateways and at certain places along the wall, are machicolated; while semi-circular bastions surmounted by towers, occur at each flanking angle, and at regular intervals along the works. The wall is pierced with thirteen gateways, exclusive of a small postern wicket, and its total length is a little over six miles. All gates barring one are associated with Aurangzeb.

    The four principal entrances face the cardinal points, and consist of the Delhi gate on the north, the Jalna gate on the east, the Paithan gate on the south, and the Mecca gate on the west.