The Khooni Darwaza was a building belonging to Sher Shah Suri's reign. This is situated opposite the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium. In the books of history, it is also mentioned as the Kabuli Darwaza. The most convincing reason for this name is because caravans to Afghanistan used to pass through this. The gateway is 15.5 m high and dominates the skyline. The construction materials used are strictly local and the prominent among those is Delhi quartzite stone. It has three separate flights of stairs leading to different levels of the gate.
The place has got its name because of the various bloodbaths committed
in its premises. Emperor Jahangir ordered the killing of the two sons of
Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan here on the charges of being traitors. This
marked the starting of bloodbaths witnessed by this place. On September
22, 1857 Major Hudson murdered the sons of Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mirza
Mughal and Mirza Khizr Sultan and grandson Mirza Abu Bakar, at the gate.
The prince fought vehemently along with the mutineers but was over
powered. Other members of the royal family along with the old Zafar took
refuge in Humayun's Tomb in Nizamuddin where they were later captured
and put to gallows. Zafar was exiled to the then Rangoon. The Khooni
Darwaza saw bloodshed again during the riots of 1947. Many refugees were
murdered here while they were proceeding towards Purana Quila for their