Akbar's bridge over the Gumti River at Jaunpur
Watercolour of Akbar's bridge over the Gomti River at Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, by an anonymous artist working in the Murshidabad style, part of the Hyde Collection, c. 1790-1800. Inscribed on the back in pencil: 'Bridge at Joanpore over the Goomty:' inscribed in ink: 'Bridge at Juanpore over the Goompty River in Oude with Native Boats and Travellers.'
Jaunpur was established by Feroz Shah Tughluq in the late 14th century on an ancient site along the Gomti River. The town is known for its interesting architecture as many 14th and 15th century mosques in the town were built in a style that mixes Islamic, Hindu and Jain influences. The Akbari Bridge pictured here was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the 16th century and still stands today. It crosses the river on the northern side of town.