March 8, 2010

Colonel Bailey's Dungeon

Named after Colonel Bailey who died here in 1782 A.D. This dungeon lies North of famous Ranganatha Swamy temple in Srirangapatna. The oblong bastion referred to as Sultan Bateri, conceals the vaulted dungeon measuring 30.5 mts x 12.2 mts. Dungeon is built in brick and mortar.

This dungeon was used to imprison Tipu's prisoners of war, Prisoners were chained to the stone slabs (can be seen in the picture below) fixed on the east, North and West walls. One of cannons rolled back and fell into the dungeon piercing the ceiling which can be seen even today.


Cannon which feel into the dungeon piercing the ceiling

Other monuments to visit in Srirangapatna are Gumbaz and Masjid E ala

27 comments:

  1. Great photos of a beautiful building.

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  2. Anthony: Neat photos, I thought it was a bridge when I first looked. It certainly is solid construction.

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  3. Thanks Tom, it sure is a solid construction.

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  4. Very beautiful building!!!!

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  5. Marvelous and interesting post as always, Sam! Wonderful building and I did enjoy reading it's history! Have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  6. I'm disappointed to learn it's a dungeon! It looks far to lovely to be that.

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  7. Really interesting! Cool shots of this place!

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  8. These are fabulous photos, beautifully composed of a wonderful place! Thank you for sharing them.

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  9. A dungeon...how interesting...and to see where the cannon fell through the ceiling...that's amazing.

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  10. fabulous photos. dungeons give me the creeps. great post.

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  11. Anthony; great post. I'll bet there wasn't any air conditioning
    LOL

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  12. Beautifully captured, Anthony!

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  13. So well taken, I hope these structures will be looked after well.

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  14. Great capture of a beautiful building!

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  15. Beautiful vaulting and photos but not very nice for the prisoners.

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  16. no air conditining Joe lol.. they say this place used to be filled with water till waist high for prisioners (dont know how true it is), I'm sure that kept them cool

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  17. Thanks Indrani, I hope the same too.. This place seems to be looked after well but there are other place's in Srirangapatna which is of equal historical importance and its not taken care well :(

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  18. You bet Arija.... its not very nice for prisoners. This place was used to imprison mainly British Officers

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  19. very interesting structure.. so strong and must be had its own historical value.. great post.

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  20. I doubt the residents of the dungeon thought what I thought: What beautiful lines!

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  21. I love these meme for the history and photography. Combining two of my passions. And your post is exemplary. How brutal people were back then.

    Well, ok, now too. But this is beautiful and fascinating and horrifying all at once.

    Andree's My World: Eastman Falls

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  22. It's nice to see this place from your blog, you traveled and so am I through it.

    Thanks.

    The Maculot Mountain Itself

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  23. awesome shot. i love it. thanks for sharing your part of the world.

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  24. Made me go google Tipu and read once again of those amazing times in the latter half of the 18th century.

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