Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hampi Sacred Center: Photo 3
Why is it that maps like this intrigue people more than those printed on paper? Is it because they are simpler to grasp?
The old Murray guide to India devoted several pages to Hampi. During the city's heyday, too, between about 1350 and 1550, numerous foreign visitors came by, especially Portuguese. Then the curtain came down. The city was sacked after its army had been routed at the Battle of Talikota, about 60 miles to the north. When Cesare Frederici arrived in 1567, he found a ghost town, inhabited, he wrote, by tigers. It was still dead when Colin Mackenzie came by in 1799. The site was very quiet when Alexander Greenlaw, a British colonel stationed at Bellary, took a large set of photographs in 1856. He wasn't the only intrigued Britisher. Robert Sewell, stationed at Bellary 40 years later, translated and published in 1900 two Portuguese accounts from the 1530s, one by Domingo Paes and the other by Fernao Nuniz. In 1912, the government's Archaeological Department published a report on the place, and the first guidebook appeared in 1917 under the title Hampi Ruins Described and Illustrated. The author was A.H. Longhurst, superintendent of the Archaeological Survey Department, Southern Circle.
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