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Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur


Tourists visiting Bijapur 'must visit' Gol Gumbaz as it is of great historical importance. It is the second largest tomb in the world and is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. He was the ruler of Shahi Dynasty between 1490 and 1696.

Bijapur photos, Gol Gumbaz
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The building was constructed by famous architect Yaqut of Dabul. 44 metre in diameter, the interiors of this dome are unsupported which is a mystery and have a whispering gallery.

The sound is echoed for 7 times and can be clearly heard on the other side. It is believed that the King Adil Shah and his Queen used to talk with each other in the same way. The musicians used to sit in the whispering gallery and sing so that their voice and music could reach each and every corner.

The architectural feature of this dome comprises 4 minarets of 8 storeys and the entry can be made by winding staircases. Positioned in a big walled garden, the tomb is build over an area of 1,700 square meter with a height of 51 meter.

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