Tanjore Pagoda. View taken from SE corner of 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 wrote, 'This view is taken from the...end of the court to the right of the gateway by which we entered the enclosure, and shows the great tower of the temple, though in this Photograph its base is obscured by another temple, which occupies the foreground.'