Photograph of a porch from an unidentified building, either a cenotaph or part of a Hindu temple at Amber, taken in the 1880's and attributed to Joseph David Beglar (probably incorrectly). Eleven kilometres north of Jaipur can be found the town of Amber. Temples, palaces, forts, mosques and ornamental gardens are all testament to the town's importance. Amber had been the site of a Rajput fortress since the eleventh century. The fort currently standing high above the palace was built around 1600 and dominates the area. The palace was begun by Raja Man Singh (r. 1592-1615) and it was altered throughout the seventeenth century by a succession of Rajput overlords. A number of Hindu temples can be found at Amber both inside and outside the fort and palace. The porch of this temple has intricately carved columns decorated with figures and serpentine brackets.