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I had prepared a few more recent photos from the streets of Stockholm, but instead of posting them I decided to step into my time machine again.

This is Thanjavur (or probably just its "Old town"), a city in Tamil Nadu state in southern India. I was there for a couple of days in the autumn of 1988 and remember it as a pleasant place. In fact, it was probably on that journey I decided that Tamil Nadu is the Indian state I like the best. There are so many interesting places to visit, and I found the atmosphere generally friendly and more relaxed than in some states further north.

To the left in the background you see two large buildings and a smaller one rising above the trees. They are all parts of the huge Brihadeshwara Temple (several spellings can be found) from the early 11th century. It was built at the height of the mighty Chola dynasty, ruling over large parts of present India from about the 3rd century BC until the 13th century AD, making it one of the longest ruling dynasties in history. Thanjavur was the Chola capital. The Brihadeshwara Temple is the main reason for any tourist to visit Thanjavur (earlier known as Tanjore).

Judging from my diary from that journey this photo was taken from the top floor of the former Raja palace, which had been converted to a museum. I was deeply impressed by their collection of sculptures from mainly the 11th and 12th centuries.

Today's two WS photos were taken on the grounds of the Brihadeshwara Temple. Just like the main photo they were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

I have actually posted several photos from my 1988 journey before, but it has been my experience that I always find new suitable photos every time I search my archives. Some photos had been scanned so badly that I couldn't show them, but I also find many pictures I had just neglected.

In case I take any decent new photos at home during the next several weeks I will break off this journey, otherwise I will stay in southern India for a while.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11787 W: 564 N: 22623] (97996)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 1988-10-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2021-09-10 0:26
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