Since its inception, Delhi has been one of the most important centers trade in the Indian subcontinent. Continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC, remnants of the glory of ancient empires still lays scattered all throughout the city.

It was after the 1857 revolt, when the British moved their capital from Kolkata to Delhi, that the city really rose in prominence on the global scale. We chose some of the best photographs of Delhi shot during the 18th and 19th centuries, to give you a glimpse of what life was like in the capital of the ‘Jewel Of The Crown’.

Kashmiri Gate

Kashmiri Gate

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb

Qutub Complex

Qutub Complex

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

The Iron Pillar, Qutub Complex

The Iron Pillar, Qutub Complex

Red Fort

Red Fort

The insides of the Red Fort

The insides of the Red Fort

Crowd around Red Fort

Crowd around Red Fort

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Red Fort as seen from Jama Masjid

Red Fort as seen from Jama Masjid

Vendors in Chandni Chowk

Vendors in Chandni Chowk

A tram in Old Chandni Chowk

A tram in Old Chandni Chowk

Moti Masjid, Chandni Chowk

Moti Masjid, Chandni Chowk

Ghanta Ghar, Chandni Chowk

Ghanta Ghar, Chandni Chowk

Qutub Complex

Nautanki troupe in Old Delhi

Nautanki troupe in Old Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

ImageCredits: Fulldhamaal, Vintag