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Close view of Fort wall, Chitradurga

Close view of Fort wall, Chitradurga

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/26(2572)

Item number: 2572

Length: 21.5

Width: 27.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the walls of the Fort at Chitradurga, taken by Henry Dixon around 1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The hill fort at Chitradurga is situated in a rocky landscape north-west of Bangalore. The fortifications were built by the Naiks Pellegars in the 17th century. In 1779 Haider Ali captured the mud fort and erected a stone fortress. This Kallina Kote or Palace of Stone has many massive gateways with bent passageways, a palace, a mosque, granaries, oil pits and water tanks. Inside the fort complex there are fourteen old temples; the Hidimbeshwara temple is the oldest temple on the site.

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