The city of Tanjore from the ramparts.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View of Tanjore from the ramparts, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. Tanjore dominated the political history of the region for nearly thousand years as the capital of the Cholas (9th-13th centuries), the Nayakas (1535-1676) and the Marathas (1676-1855). The circular fort with ramparts surrounded by a moat dates from the 18th century Maratha period. Within the fort there is the Palace of the Nayakas and the most famous Chola monument, the Brihadishvara Temple is to the south-west.