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View from the platform of Sher Shah Suri's Tomb, Sasaram.

View from the platform of Sher Shah Suri's Tomb, Sasaram.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1883

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(490)

Item number: 1003490

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken from the upper storey of the tomb of Sultan Sher Shah Suri at Sasaram. This city in Bihar served as capital for the Suri dynasty between 1530 and 1540 before the move to Delhi for the remaining five years of Suri rule. The red stone tomb was designed by the architect Aliwal Khan and built between 1540 and 1545. It is octagonal in plan and is topped by an impressive dome of 22 metres in span surrounded by ornamental domed kiosks. It stands at the centre of a lake on a square stone plinth with domed kiosks at each of its corners. The plinth has stone banks and stepped moorings on all sides and is connected to the mainland by a wide stone bridge. One of the four corner domed kiosks can be seen in the lower foreground.

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