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Kotwali Darwaza, Gaur. 100391

Kotwali Darwaza, Gaur. 100391

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(91)

Item number: 100391

Genre: Photograph

This photograph shows a general view of the ruined Kotwali Darwaza or gateway, taken by Joseph Beglar in the 1870s for the Archaeological Survey of India in the former sultanate capital of Gaur. It was built during the fifteenth century following the move of the capital from nearby Pandua to Gaur in 1446. A description contemporary with the photograph relates: 'It has fallen into the last stage of decay; and the arch cannot much longer hold together; so much of it has fallen out, and the vegetation grows thickly in and about it.' (Bengal list, pp. 436-437) The Kotwali Darwaza currently marks the modern border between West Bengal in India and Bangladesh. It is flanked by heavily fortified round bastions and high, wide walls. The arch has long since fallen.

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