Birds eye view of Junagadh city from the Reay Gate Tower
Photographer: Nelson, F.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Junagadh in Gujarat seen from the Reay Gate clock tower, taken by the travelling commercial photographer F. Nelson in the 1890s from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Photographs of Junagadh'. The origins of Junagadh lie in the ancient Uparkot or Upper Fort, a citadel north-east of the town founded by the Maurya empire in the fourth century BC. More recent monuments include the fantastical 19th-century mausoleums of the state’s Muslim rulers, the Babi Dynasty, known as maqbara. This bird's eye view over the roofs of the town shows the clustered onion domes of the maqbara on the left rising with the mosque on the right, and hills in the distance. It is taken from the clock tower of the Reay Gate, a 19th-century gateway designed in an Indo-Saracenic style set within an arcaded two-storey crescent. The Gate dates from the reign of the Nawab Mahabat Khan II (r.1851-1882).