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Entrance to the Nagina Masjid, Champaner

Entrance to the Nagina Masjid, Champaner

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/7(822)

Item number: 822

Length: 17.7

Width: 24.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the central portion of the fa├žade and the minarets of the Nagina Masjid at Champaner, taken for the Archaeological Survey of India in c.1869. The ruined city of Champaner is situated north-east of Ahmadabad. It was a stronghold of Rajput kings until the Sultanate ruler Mahmud Begarha (r.1458-1511) took the city in 1484. The Nagina Masjid, or Jewel Mosque, dates to the mid-16th century and is situated just north of the citadel. It has a similar plan but on a smaller scale to the Jami Masjid, which was in turn modelled on the Jami Masjid at Ahmadabad. The central dome had already fallen in when this photograph was taken.

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