Tanjore Pagoda. General view from outside the Fort
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
The Brihadishvara Temple was built in the 9th century and is one of the great achievements of the Chola era. This monumental temple stands in the middle of a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. Its steeply pyramidal tower stands at about 66 m and consists of 13 storeys, each with pilastered walls covered with carved figures of divinities. Lyon wrote about this photograph: 'The celebrated Pagoda is situated inside the smaller of the two forts...The two Gopuras on the right are the first and second gateways of the temple; and beyond is seen the great pyramidal tower of the temple itself. The fortifications in front were erected by the French, when they held the place against us, in the middle of the last century. They also built up the windows of the front gateway in the manner shown in the Photograph.'