Street view in Tanjore with carved wooden car.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View in Tanjore, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. This view includes a temple with wall paintings in the background and a chhatri to the right. The temple car has a sloping tiled roof. Thanjavur was the capital city of the Imperial Chola dynasty who ruled Tamilnad from 850 to 1279; their glory is reflected in the 74 and more temples, which were constructed in the area. The Brihadishvara temple, constructed by Rajaraja I (r.985-1012), is said to be the greatest architectural achievement of the Chola era.