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The two pillars [gateway] at station, Ahmedabad. [sic. The Railway Minars, Ahmadabad]

The two pillars [gateway] at station, Ahmedabad. [sic. The Railway Minars, Ahmadabad]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(40)

Item number: 50240

Genre: Photograph

This photograph taken in the 1880s shows the central sanctuary arch and 'minars' of a now-fallen mosque in Ahmadabad. The arch itself has subsequently fallen, leaving only the two 'minars' or towers. Their location next to the main station platform has led to their renaming as the 'Railway Minars'. The original name of the mosque is not known, but the minars can be dated stylisitcally to the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century. At this time, Ahmadabad was the thriving capital of the Muslim sultanate of Gujarat. Their brick surfaces are covered in elaborate floral and geometric motifs in relief and they are further ornamented by the presence of cantilivered balconies at intervals which divide the towers visually into storeys.

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