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Jan 17, 2016

Ashoka Piller at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Mid 19th Century

The Feroz Shah Kotla was a fortress built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq to house his version of Delhi city called Ferozabad. A pristine polished sandstone pillar from the 3rd century B.C. rises from the palace's crumbling remains, one of many pillars of Ashoka left by the Mauryan emperor; it was moved from Pong Ghati Ambala, Punjab (currently in Haryana) to Delhi under orders of Firoz Shah Tughlaq of Delhi Sultanate, and re-erected in its present location in 1356. 
 
Ashoka Piller at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Mid 19th Century

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photographer: Francis Frith
Date: Between 1850s to 1870s