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Courtesan's Street, Hampi 360 pano by Shashanka Nanda

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Nov 04, 2010
Date taken
Nov 04, 2010
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Once the liveliest of all the temple streets in Hampi, the Courtesans' Street lies in front of the Achyuta Raya's Temple . On entering this area you witness heaps after heaps of finely carved pillars scattered on either side of the street. These pillars were once part of the pavilions that stood on either side of the street.

During the prime time of the empire, this was a thriving market of gems, pearls, ivory and the likes. For some mysterious reasons this place came to be called also as Sulé Bazaar (the prostitute's market).Literatures and archives of the time left behind vivid description about this market.

Roughly half a kilometer long and about 50 meters wide, this street was once thronged by merchants even from far places. Here and there on this now deserted street one can see the traces of the old stone pavements. Among the rows scrambled heaps on either side of the street you can spot the unfinished blocks of pillars. It looks as if the artisans abruptly fled their worksite one day leaving the tools behind.


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