The Fort Moultan
Photographer: Baker, William Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Fort at Multan in the Punjab, Pakistan, from the Macnabb Collection, taken by William Henry Baker, in the 1860s. The fort in Multan once had forty-six towers or bastions, including the two flanking towers at each of the four gates. Aurangzeb built a mosque on the site of the temple of Narsingh but the mosque was destroyed in the siege of 1848. The Mausoleum of Rukn-ul-din, or Rukh-i-Alam ('Pillar of the World'), may be seen on the left of the photograph. This tomb is one of the finest achievements of the Multan builders. It is believed to have been executed by order of Ghiyas al-Din Tughluq (r.1325-51), Sultan of Delhi, between the years 1320 and 1324. This domed structure decorated with glazed tiles and has an octagonal plan with battered walls and sloped turrets.