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Golconda Fort distant view.

Golconda Fort distant view.

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 430/6(33)

Item number: 33

Length: 18.8

Width: 26.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the fort in the distance with people washing clothes in the foreground, in Golconda, Andrea Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s. This is from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. Golconda was a thriving commercial centre in the 13th and 14th centuries, but it was not until the 16th century that it became the capital and dynastic centre the Qutb Shahi dynasty (1512-1687). The fort, which pre-dates the 16th century, is situated on an isolated granite hill. The outer curtain wall of the fort is 4.8 km (3 miles) in circumference and incorporates a total of 87 bastions. Within this wall there is a second double wall which circles the town and an inner wall which encloses boulders and other natural landscape features. A number of notable buildings are situated at the fort including the Diwan's Palace and the Jami Masjid.

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