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Aurungabad [Aurangabad] City Gate [with an unidentified mosque on the left].

Aurungabad [Aurangabad] City Gate [with an unidentified mosque on the left].

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 303/1(135)

Item number: 135

Length: 18.2

Width: 25.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an unidentified mosque in Aurangabad from the Allardyce Collection: Album of views and portraits in Berar and Hyderabad, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. Aurangabad is situated on the Kham river in the Dudhana valley between the Lakenvara Hills and the Sathara mountain range in Maharashtra. Originally known as Khadke, it was founded in 1610 by Malik Amber at a crossroads of the region's major trade routes. It later became the base of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and was renamed in his honour. The city walls were built by Aurangzeb in the 1680s, designed to withstand Maratha attacks. There were four principle gates to the city (the Delhi Gate to the north of the city, Jalna to the east, Pathan to the south and the Mecca Gate to the west) and nine smaller gates. This view shows an unidentified mosque and one of the smaller city gates.

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