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View from the south-west of the Tombs at Batwa, near Ahmadabad

View from the south-west of the Tombs at Batwa, near Ahmadabad

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/16(1692)

Item number: 1692

Length: 15.3

Width: 23.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tombs at Batwa near Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. The tomb complex at Batwa, or Batura, is about six miles south of Ahmadabad. This view shows the tomb of the saint Burhan-ud-Din Qutb-ul-Alam's tomb, from the south-west. The tomb of one of his sons can be seen to the left of the photograph. Qutb-ul-Alam was influencial in the court of Ahmad Shah I (r.1411-42) and died in Batwa in 1452. His tomb stands on a platform with arched and vaulted aisles. The large central dome, raised on a second tier of arches, was once surrounded by four pavilions, or chatris. The south porch still has its central dome; the smaller domes together with the outer aisle have since collapsed.

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