Bijapur is famous for its beautiful monuments like Gol Gumbaz built in the Islamic architectural style during the reign of the Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur was also the home of Chand Bibi, the brave Muslim woman warrior who later moved to Ahmednagar and is famous for defending the city of Ahmednagar against the Mughal forces of Emperor Akbar in the sixteenth century. I had just finished my lunch which consisted of some of the local specialties which included Jowar Roti, bread or pancakes made of White Millet, Enne-Gai, Eggplants stuffed with ground peanuts and spices including ginger, garlic, chilies, etc. I should have taken an auto-rickshaw Tuk tuk , I thought, as I wiped the sweat from my brow, yet again. But I always like to walk around the new places that I visit, just to soak in the atmosphere of the place, but in this case, a heavy lunch followed by a walk in the sun was probably not one of my wisest decisions. I kept wondering where is Gol Gumbaz?
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It is one of the biggest single chamber structures in the world and covers an area of around square feet. The building was partly completed as the construction began towards the end of his reign. The construction was started in AD and it took around 30 years to complete. Built of dark grey basalt and plaster, the walls are 9 feet thick and feet high. The interior measures feet on each side. The central arch is wider than the others. It is left as it is to safeguard the tomb from lighting.
The corner towers are divided into seven floors. A row of arched openings marks each level. Each tower is capped by a hemispheric dome with a ring of carved leaves around the base.
The dome rests on a unique pendentive system of intersecting arches that was not used anywhere in India. Another interesting feature of the mausoleum is the gallery around its base hanging out about 11 feet.
It is accessed through the winding staircase. It is known as the whispering gallery because even the slightest sound from one corner can be heard even when standing across the dome from each other. Despite its incomplete condition, the sheer majesty of the structure is awestruck. A visit to this mausoleum brings us backwards to the majesty of Mughal architectural skills.
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Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura
The dome of Gol Gumbaz is one of the largest domes ever built in the history, with a diameter measuring up to feet. The humongous dome is supported by eight intersecting arches. The main cube-like structure has octagonal cross-sectioned towers with a dome on top of each, at each of its corners. These towers have staircases inside along with floors, which enable people to reach the terrace of the monument. The interior of Gol Gumbaz has a square shaped podium, which has steps on every side.
It is one of the biggest single chamber structures in the world and covers an area of around square feet. The building was partly completed as the construction began towards the end of his reign. The construction was started in AD and it took around 30 years to complete. Built of dark grey basalt and plaster, the walls are 9 feet thick and feet high.
Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur - largest domes of the pre-modern world
Heritage Gol Gumbaz : Bijapur, Karnataka Situated in Vijayapura, a heritage city in Karnataka, Gol Gumbaz is definitely a monument attracting attention from all over the world. Gol Gumbaz is a mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah. He had been the Sultan of Bijapur now Vijayapura. Gol Gumbaz construction was started in and got completed in the year of