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Part of the Palace and Citadel, Amber.

Part of the Palace and Citadel, Amber.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(43)

Item number: 97143

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. The Amber (or Amer) Palace is 11 kms from Jaipur in Rajasthan and situated halfway up a hill, which is crowned with fortifications. It was the stronghold of the Kacchwaha Rajputs from the 12th century until Sawai Jai Singh II (ruled 1700-1743) transferred his capital to the newly-founded Jaipur in 1728. At the base of the hill is Maota Lake, in the middle of which is a picturesque garden: Mohan Bari. In the centre of the Man Sagar lake is the Jal Mahal (Water Palace) built by Man Singh I, Akbar's famous general (ruled 1592-1614), and added to by his successors. Jaigarh Fort (ca.1600) at the summit dominates the palace below it with its high towers and ramparts. The fort as well as the original structures of the palace on the hill were built by Man Singh I.

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