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Gol Gumbaz, situated in Bijapur is an amazing architectural wonder. The dome is the second largest in the world, 124 feet in diameter. The dome stands unsupported by pillars. Gol Gumbaz Tour, India Gol Gumbaz, Monument in Karnataka, Monuments of south India,Gol Gumbaz,Gol Gumbaz Travel Guide,Travel to Gol Gumbaz Monument Karnataka The fantastic acoustical system in the dome carries the faintest whisper around the dome and returns it to the listener nine times. Its most arresting features are the seven-storied octagonal spires at the four corners and the heavy bracketed cornice below the parapet. The Gol Gumbaz is an enormous cube of stone and masonry, capped by a gigantic dome.

Gol Gumbaz Tours Muhammad Adil Shah in 1656, the seventh ruler of the Adil Shah dynasty, built the Gol Gumbaz.

Even the tick of a watch or the rustle of paper can be heard across a distance of 37 m in the whispering gallery. The gallery around the dome provides a fabulous view of the town. The architecture of this building is unique with the four minarets being the four staircases leading to the top dome. Gol Gumbaz Tour, India Gol Gumbaz, Monument in Karnataka, Monuments of south India,Gol Gumbaz,Gol Gumbaz Travel Guide,Travel to Gol Gumbaz Monument Karnataka The beauty and excellence of this dome must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Nearby the Nagar Khana, which resembles the Gol Gumbaz, is a museum. It houses some of the most exquisite Chinese porcelain, armoury, parchments, carpets, and paintings.

Constructed almost entirely out of a local dark brown stone the circular walled city of Bijapur rose with a citadel towards the center. Five gates, in the six-mile circular wall, allowed entrance within and a hundred bastions fortified it. A deep moat, filled with water brought from underground sources, skirted the walls. Gol Gumbaz Tour, India Gol Gumbaz, Monument in Karnataka, Monuments of south India,Gol Gumbaz,Gol Gumbaz Travel Guide,Travel to Gol Gumbaz Monument Karnataka A range of buildings spanning varied architectural elements defined the landscape, the most famous being the Gol Gumbaz.

Gol Gumbaz an engineering feat of the architect Yaqut stands second in size to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. This dome of 124 feet in diameter is recognized as the second largest dome in the world. This fabulous

dome is standing without any support. To say it so, this dome is not supported by pillars.Popularly known as whispering dome this fantastic structure has stolen many hearts. Its excellent acoustical system has enabled it to carry even the feeblest whisper across the dome.

It is famous that the whisper created here returns nine times big to listener. In fact the acoustical system is so strong that the tick of a watch or the sound of the paper can be heard over a distance of 37 m in the whispering gallery.

Not only this, it boasts of four fascinating minarets. These minarets are actually the four staircases which lead to the top dome.It is held that to relish the true experience of architectural brilliance one should visit this fantabulous dome. Its beauty and excellence always create an overwhelming impression on the mind.

Being in this beautiful Tour to Gol Gumbaz you can also see a mosque, a Naqqar Khana, a gateway, a dharmashala and a museum.

A very strong circular foundation was discovered in the basement that resembled the circular opening of the dome above. But this foundation supports only a platform and a light wooden pavilion.

This could be explained that the original plan may have been based on the conventional mausoleum plan of a small domed chamber surrounded by an open colonnade. It was after the completion of the foundation work that the king or architect thought of resting the dome upon the outer walls, thereby enlarging the volume of dome several times.

The gallery around the base of the dome of the mausoleum possesses an interesting feature that it hangs out about 3.54 m. and is accessed through the winding staircase in the four towers. It is known as the whispering gallery because the sound reflections from the dome allow the slightest of whisper to be heard even when standing across the dome from each other.

Gol Gumbaz - Bijapur

Bijapur located 530-km north-west of Bangalore, was known as "The city of Victory" during the reign of Chalukyas. Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adi Shahi Dynasty. The Adil Shahi himself was an art lover who did tremendous efforts in expending art activities.

Bijapur's greatest travel attraction comprises of Islamic architecture - minarets, domes and resonant of burial chambers all showcasing the panorama of the Arabian Nights. Today Bijapur has over 50 masks, more than 20 tombs and a number of palaces.

The Magnificent Tomb

It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah constructed during (1627 -56), the seventh ruler of Adilshahi dynasty. The king himself started the construction of this colossal tomb that took about 20 years to complete.

The tomb, with a floor area of 1700 sq.m, 51m in height and 37m diameter with walls 3 m thick, gives a massive appearance. The central dome is the second biggest dome in the world next to the dome of St Peter's Basalica in Rome. The unique feature of the dome is its erection, without any support of pillars. The acoustical occurrence of this dome is such that a sound is echoed eleven times over. Slightest whisper, the tick of a watch or any kind of movement can be heard across a distance of 37 m in its vast gallery. From the gallery around the dome, one can reach up the turret passages by climbing the steps and can enjoy the panoramic view of the beautiful city down along with its vast landscapes.

Under the dome are the tombs of the Sultan, his two wives, his mistress Ramba, his daughter and grandson.

A Loving Fairy Tale

Ones Adil Shah along with his beloved visited the tomb. While looking through the balcony encircling the tomb Adil Shah was extremely fascinated by the amazing, nine storied depth of the central hall. The king, in the mood of making fun, thought of testing his ladylove. He said, "my lady, I know you love me a lot, would you do anything for my sake", "Yes my lord" said the beautiful. "If so" said the Shah facetiously, "can you jump down this balcony for my sake?" His love at once jumped down to show her eternal love. The heart-broken king was under utmost shock, he accursed himself for the blunder he did and wept for the rest of his life.

The splendor and perfection of this dome must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Lovers come here to whisper (aloud!), singers to enjoy the stereophonic effect and children to test the power of their laughter.

The building complex includes a mosque, a Naqqar Khana, a gateway and a dharmashala. The edifice in front of the tomb has been converted into a museum. The virgin magical dint of the Golgumbaz becomes quite visible when heard in serenity.

 

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