Palace and the Baripol Gate, Udaipur
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of City Palace and the Bari Pol from the 'Reading Collection: Views of Udaipur taken by an unknown photographer c.1910. The photograph is part of an album containing architectural and topographical views of sites in Rajasthan, mainly of Udaipur, originally in the collection of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, Lord Reading, who served as Viceroy of India (1921-1926).
Udaipur was chosen by Maharana Udai Singh (r. 1567-72) of the Sisodia Rajputs as the new capital of the Mewar State in the mid-16th century and he built theCity Palace (c.1570 onwards) as the main royal residence. This is a view from a city street looking towards the main entrance of the palace, the Bari Pol or Great Gate (c. 1600), a fortified gateway between the palace complex and the main bazaar. Beyond the gate rise the steep windowless walls of the palace with tiers of delicate balconies, turrets and domed kiosks at the upper levels.