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Entrance to the Old Palace, Palitana

Entrance to the Old Palace, Palitana

Photographer: Sykes, D.H.

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(819)

Item number: 819

Length: 24

Width: 27.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the old palace at Palitana in Gujarat, taken by D.H. Sykes in 1869, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 7: Western India). This view shows the carved wooden gate arch, with a camel in foreground.

The Vijay Vilas Palace was built in 1906 AD by Yuvraj Vijay Sinhji of Palitana, a member of the same Gohil Rajput clan as the Maharajahs of Bhavnagar. The palace was once the country retreat of the Gohil Rajputs. It offers a splendid view of the Shatrunjaya hill, a Jain place of pilgrimage crowned with innumerable multi-spired temples, which rises 600 metres above the plain around Palitana.

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