Tanjore Pagoda. Pyramidal gateway at entrance to inner court
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 gave the following description of this photograph: 'To enter the Fort it is necessary to proceed northward along the high road for about 400 yards, and crossing the ditch, return by a road parallel to the entrance; passing thence under the gate-tower just described, the visitor finds himself opposite the entrance to the inner court, as represented in this view. Though smaller, it is of the same character, both as regards style, and the nature of the subjects represented as the outer gateway.'