The first photographic record of Hampi by Colonel Alexander Greenlaw, 1856

The city of Hampi has a history dating back to as early as the third century. It has evidences dating back to the Mauryan empire and during the rule of King Ashoka. However, Hampi reached its peak during the rule of King Krishnadeva Raya of the Vijayanagara empire

At one point, Hampi was also one of the biggest trading centres in the world. The Vijayanagara empire brought a lot of wealth to Hampi and along with it, merchants, buyers and a boom in trade. The currency during those times were gold, silver, spices and cotton