Hampi was a glittering show-piece of wealth and power in 15th century India. There were palaces, temples, vast fortifications, regal baths, huge marketplaces, pavilions and royal stables for elephants in the Kings army. Merchants came from far and wide to trade diamonds, pearls, fine silks, horses and more.
The splendour has long since gone as in 1565 the city (once the second largest in the world) was invaded and pillaged before being abandoned. Today Hampi is recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Its landscapes are breathtaking and timeless, while its vast empty ruins are both a reminder of a once great civilisation and its eventual demise.
“[Today, Hampi] continues to be an important religious centre [in Karnataka and India], housing the Virupaksha Temple (7th century), as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city.” Wikipedia
This project is now available as a book which focuses on what remains throughout the landscapes of Hampi, India, today: ruins of former regal glory, people who visit as tourists, and glimpses of Hindu faith in practice, still a strong unifying factor in the region.
It is available in hard/softcover format and printed on ProLine paper.
Order your copy of Hampi – Ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire here
Photography Copyright: Ronan Haughton