Tanjore Pagoda. Small temple near the Subramanya
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, 'Between the Subramanya and the large Pyramidal Tower, there is a small temple represented in this view. It is certainly older than the Subramanya, and in style, more resembles the great temple, with which it may be contemporary.'