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Exploring Hampi

The medieval city of Vijayanagara, also known by its modern name, Hampi, was the sprawling capital of an empire that ruled most of southern India from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. The central part of the site alone spreads across some 6,000 acres, and includes temples, palaces, hilltop shrines, and a staggering variety of art. To find out more about the site, read "Letter from India: Living Heritage at Risk."   —Text and Images by Samir S. Patel