Bassein, Thana District. Front of the Fransiscan Church
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the front of the Fransiscan Church at Bassein, Thana District of Maharshtra, taken by Henry Cousens for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Western India 1897-98. Bassein, situated 45 km north of Bombay, is an old fortified Portuguese city which prospered from 1534 to 1739. During this period the town was inhabited by Portuguese nobles who built many churches, convents and houses. The city was in ruinous state by the time Cousens surveyed the area.