Ruined mosque, Gaur.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ruined mosque at Gaur. This photograph was taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s and forms part of the Temple Collection. The ruined city of Gaur, Bengal is situated on a deserted channel of the Ganges. The date of foundation of the city is obscure, however its known history commenced in about 1200 when it was conquered by Bakhtiyar Khakji, whose dynasty reigned for 300 years. Later it became the capital city of the Hindu kings of Bengal and from the mid 15th to 16th centuries, it became the capital city of the first Muslim rulers. Most of the surviving ruins are from the later period.