View showing the old moat and ramparts of Tanjore.
Photographer: Bourne, Samuel
Medium: Photographic print
View of the old moat and ramparts, Tanjore, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. The outer gopura of the Brihadishvara temple can be seen to the right of the moat. Tanjore dominated the political history of the region for nearly thousand years as the capital of the Cholas (9th-13th centuries), the Nayakas (1535-1676) and the Marathas (1676-1855). The circular fort surrounded by a moat dates from the 18th century Maratha period. Within the fort there is the Palace of the Nayakas and the most famous Chola monument, the Brihadishvara Temple is to the south-west.