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Panoramic view of the town from the top of the Jami Masjid, Khambhat (Cambay). Section 2, looking north-north-east

Panoramic view of the town from the top of the Jami Masjid, Khambhat (Cambay). Section 2, looking north-north-east

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/17(1842)

Item number: 1842

Length: 18.9

Width: 24.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Cambay in Gujarat, from the top of the Jami Masjid, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This panoramic view is taken from the south end of the mosque, with the eastern end of the courtyard in the foreground and the houses of the town. Khambhat, or Cambay, was once an important port that served the city of Ahmadabad, 84 km (52 miles) to the north. The city was captured by 'Ala u'd-din Khalji in 1304 and the mosque was built shortly after in 1325. The mosque sanctuary has an open courtyard in front, surrounded by corridors. The corridors on the north and south are three aisles deep. The front aisle has flat roofing, while those behind have a series of twenty-one small domes.

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