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[View of the Chinch Diddi Mosque, Bijapur.]

[View of the Chinch Diddi Mosque, Bijapur.]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 125/3(57)

Item number: 125357

Genre: Photograph

This print of Chinch Diddi Mosque, Bijapur was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s and is part of the Temple Collection. Originally named Vijayapura or the ‘City of Victory’ Bijapur was established during the reign of the Chalukyan dynasty of Kalyani between the 10th and 11th centuries. It was later the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty in the 15th century and experienced a great burst of architectural activity. The walls are 10km, or over 6 miles in circumference and enclose the city along with a moat which is 50 feet wide. There are five main gateways within the walls all protected by bastions and covered approaches. The Chinch Didi Mosque is situated on a bastion close to the east wall of the fortress.

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