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Remember this photo of Chand Minar?

Daulatabad meaning either "Built by the Government" or "City of Prosperity" is now a village, based around the former city of the same name. It is in the state of Maharashtra, about 20 miles northwest of Aurangabad.

Almost 800 years ago, Daulatabad, then called 'Devigiri' was a thriving city. It was founded by Bhillamraja of the Yadava dynasty in 1187 AD.

The Chand Minar, a minaret of Turkish style, is an outstanding example of Islamic art. This 30.48 metre (100 ft.) high tower, was a tower of victory build by Ala-ud-din Bahmani to commemorate his conquest of the fort in 1435. The Minar is divided into four storeys having glazed tiles and carved motifs. The Minar is supposed to be used as a prayer hall or a victory monument in its time. The tower has a 70 feet circumference at the base.

I took this shot with an old, borrowed FUJICA STX-1N Film camera, from the second level of the Minar....note the tiny people on the road adjacent to the shadow.

This is an old photograph, which has withstood the ‘humidity’ treatment of Kolkata weather for 14 years. Dusted and scanned. But some issues of quality remain especially the colours. Sharpness is always an issue with scanned photos & I feel that I may have oversharpened a bit. But I decided to post this anyway....

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