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A Gateway, Beejapore.

A Gateway, Beejapore.

Photographer: Hinton, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 254/3(50)

Item number: 254350

Genre: Photograph

A photograph of a view of a Gateway at Bijapur from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by Henry Hinten about 1860. 'It was only after Yusuf Adil Khan declared himself independent that Bijapur assumed any importance. The rings of fortifications begun by Yusuf and completed by Ali I in about 1655 define two concentric zones, with the citadel in the middle, some 400 mts in circumference, contained within the city. The greater east-west axis of this configuration stretches to over 3 kms. Fortifications at both cities display sloping walls reaching to a height of about 10 mt, with round bastions, numbering 96 in the outer ring at Bijapur, topped with crenellations and interspersed with machicolations. Gates with lofty arched entrances are set between massive bastions and approached across bridges spanning ditches, now mostly filled in. The Shahpur gate in the north-west quadrant of Bijapur is bridged by a lintel carried on corbelled brackets and topped with a bold parapet of curved elements'.

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