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Ramji Darwaza, South entrance of Bhurtpore citadel

Ramji Darwaza, South entrance of Bhurtpore citadel

Photographer: Priyalall and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 430/27(4)

Item number: 430274

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of the Ramji Darwaza, the south entrance to the citadel at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, taken by the studio of Priyalall & Company in c.1900. Bharatpur became the capital of Bharatpur State in 1733 when the Jat Maharaja Suraj Mal (ruled 1733-63) captured the fort at Bharatpur from a rival Jat chief. The Lohagarh or Iron Fort, a citadel that stands in the north-west corner of the walled city, was built in 1733 by Suraj Mal on the site of the earlier, smaller mud fort. It originally had massive double ramparts surrounded by a deep, wide moat. This view of the south entrance shows a bridge over the moat leading to an imposing portal set between bastions. Paintings of war elephants can be faintly seen on the stone fa├žade either side of the central pointed arch.

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