This is a shot of the millennium old famous Golkonda Fort. It is situated 11 kms. West of the Indian city of Hyderabad. Golkonda or Golla Konda translated means 'Shepherd's Hill'.
It was built in 945-970 CE by the Kakatiya dynasty, a dynasty of Hindu rulers from South India. Initially it was built with mud and stones.
With the fall of the Kakatia dynasty, the fort came to the hands of the rulers of the state of Warrangal for a short while which was later conquered by the Islamic Bahamani Sultanate.
The fort became the capital of a major province in the Sultanate and after its collapse the capital of the Qutb Shahi kings.
The Qutb Shahi sultanate lasted until its conquest by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1687. The fortress held out against Aurangzeb for nine months, falling to the Mughals through treachery.
The fort finally fell into ruins as Aurangzeb's seat of control was in Delhi and he had no plans to move to the South.
Although built by the Kakatiya's and later exchanged many hands, the fort rose to prominence during the rule of the Qutb Shahi kings as their capital
Over a period of 62 years the mud fort was expanded by the first three Qutb Shahi kings into a massive fort of granite, extending around 7 km in circumference, whose massive walls enclosed a self-sufficient city
The old Golkonda fort city was also home to the Golkonda mines, which was the only diamond mine in the world for a long period of time.
It has produced the world's most famous, valuable and coveted diamonds, including The Hope Diamond, Idol's Eye, The Koh-i-Noor and Darya-i-Noor.
Pictured here is the highest point of the fort known as the "Bala Hissar" pavilion, which is located on top of granite hill a kilometer away from the main entrance 'Fateh Darwaza' or Victory Gate. The picture is taken from the Durbar Hall where a fantastic light and sound programme is held every evening narrating the rich history and culture of the Fort.
There are numerous other interesting facts about this old fort, but I will stop here else the viewers may get bored reading the note :-). May be I will share them with some other photo of the same place.
Thanks for visiting.
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subhendu_bagchi (25341) 2014-01-09 1:42
good shot once again. Like the frame which you captured using a nice POV. Black and white suits well the subject. A good one. Tfs.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-09 3:01
Very nice picture of this very impressive ruins.Perfect composition and sharpness.Excellent photography.Very well done,
pajaran (49197) 2014-01-09 3:05
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o staroj arhitekturu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto sa starim zidovima.
Ostaju stari gradovi i secanja.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the old architecture, the history and description of the ...
Good footage and contrast nicely demonstrated place with old walls.
That leaves the old cities and memories.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
timecapturer (45985) 2014-01-09 3:10
a fascinating B&W study this. Somehow all the textures and magnificence of this place jump out so beautifully in this colourless medium. Wonderful!
Nicou (117728) 2014-01-09 6:23
quel rendu sur la pierre quelle vue et cpatage superbe iamge et ocmpo avec cs gros rochers et le bâtiment tout au sommet sueprbe compo comme mystère mervielleux.
Bravo et akmitié
Fis2 (82732) 2014-01-09 7:04
A very curious place, curious architecture.
Interesting work, ie effect.
I like frame and composition.
rychem (20345) 2014-01-09 8:31
Impressive fortress, excellent photo,very well captured and presented, the note is very interesting
aleXundar (1256) 2014-01-09 8:43
Great view of the huge dilapidated fort. The perspective and very small figures of the tourists indicate the height and size of the fort. Wonderful details. What I liked most is your choice of tone. I think these granite structures are best portrayed in greyscale.
Very well done and presented.
With best wishes,
Cricri (102223) 2014-01-09 10:24
Impressionnant les détails des vielles pierres et l'immensité du vieux fort avec sur le haut un petit bâtiment qui semble en meilleur état, belle présentation qui est presque une N/B!!
mcmtanyel (11137) 2014-01-09 16:56
This is an excellent photo with an informative note. Not being familiar with Indian history, I find it fascinating. I also find your postprocessing very interesting, it looks like an old sepia photo, very fitting for the subject.
hidibyendu (871) 2014-01-10 1:52
Very nice capture of this old building. B/W form also went well. I liked the POV.
Very well done.
Silvio1953 (117383) 2014-01-10 6:21
Ciao Subho, lovely composition with fascinating architecture, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (21684) 2014-01-10 6:30
That’s an impressive ruin, and a fantastic relic to the past with a really interesting history. I love your conversion to black and white too, which is perfectly suited to bring out drama and history from the scene, and to highlight the fine gentle detail in the sky. I really love the remains of the arches in the wall, though I have seen ruins similar with remains of archways left against walls, never before have I seen them with this ogee style. An eye opening shot to me, and a brilliant history. Thanks for sharing.
All the best
abmdsudi (40576) 2014-01-10 18:06
Thks to your notes to guide us along this image. Good archeological image of the ruins and there is always something interesting in the elements drawing the eyes in, full of detail in fine natural color tones. Exposure is pleasant under the unfavourable condition and finish off with that good contrast. Congrats
trevormoffiet (2690) 2014-01-11 1:12
A very impressive image of this imposing fort. Although it is in B&W there seems to be a sepia coloured band on each side of the image extending into the sky. I am not sure if this was done on purpose but it adds another tone to the image making it more of a coloured image.
SWEETFREEDOM (21848) 2014-01-11 8:15
Good details and interesting building.
Romano46 (16582) 2014-01-11 10:08
avevo già scritto una recensione a questa foto al momento della tua presentazione ma, avendo esaurito le critiche, e rimasta solo nel mio computer.
E'm un bianco e nero idoneo per il soggetto che rappresenta, ricco di belle sfumature di grigio che creano una particolare suggestione ad ogni dettaglio della scena.
Ottima anche la composizione che pur dando risalto alla parte alta della scena non trascura i dettagli assai interessanti della parte più bassa.
Un eccellente lavoto fatto con molta perizia.
Ciao e buon fine settimana