Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur
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Gol Gumbaz

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About Gol Gumbaz

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Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah, who ruled the Adil Shahi dynasty between 1490 and 1696. It was designed and constructed by the famed architect, Yaqut of Dabul, under the patronage of Muhammed Adil Shah. This dome, which is around 124 ft in diameter and stands unsupported by pillars, is considered as the second largest in the world.

The architectural design of this building includes 4 minarets of 8 storeys that can be entered by winding staircases terminating in cupolas. Around the inner periphery of the dome is a circular balcony that contains the whispering gallery. Any sound gets echoed around 7 times in the gallery and can be heard even on its diagonally opposite side.

Apart from having a floor area of 1,700 sq m, the tomb is 38 m in diameter and is of a height of 51 m. The tomb is placed in a large walled garden, which is designed in Persian style. On either side of the path that divides the garden lie the remains of buildings made of dark bricks.

Exterior of the tomb has a triple set of arched recesses and medallions, both of which are filled with scroll works. The rectangular recess above the arch is believed to have held a granite calligraphy slab. The structure is rounded off by four octagonal turrets in each corner, which project at an angle. Apart from this, the edifice also has a mosque, guesthouses and a drum house.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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  • anngr
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 122 photos
  • 144 Reviews
  •  462 helpful votes
  •  77472 readers

"Monument under ASI"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2016
This is the landmark of the city of Bijapur. This is the second largest sructure in India. Here again the top is beautified with a big domb which has Lotus Petals all around it. The 4 corners have steps of 7 storey in the shape of pillars. The entrance at the middle is again petal shaped. This is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah which is in the lower chamber of this Gumbaz and tourist are not allowed to go down there. Inside the building there is a tomb built over the one down at the centre. Climbing up we reach the top floor where the real attractive is. This echoes back 7 times if we speak. There is a mosque at the other side of this building which is a private worshipping place of the royal family. This do have ponds on either side of the building which cools the lower chamber of the building.
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Ronaldo M

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  • Ronaldo M
  • Lives in Bijapur
  • 1 Review
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"Amazing monument must see"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2016
Gol Gumbaz is a very beautiful monument located in Vijayapura, built by Mughal King Adil Shahi. Speciality of this structure is that, the acoustics of the structure is built so nicely that if you speak anything in the doom, the echoes will be repeated seven times. Everyone must visit this place and also other than this there are many historical places are there in Vijayapura.
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Pavan Kumar

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  • Pavan Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 12 photos
  • 43 Reviews
  •  88 helpful votes
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"Beautiful monument"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
It is the main monument in Bijapur situated near to Railway Station. Opens from morning 6 to evening 6. Ticket cost 5 rupees for Indians and Digital camera charge 25 rupees to take photos inside Gol Gumbaz. It is too crowded and queue line is there to go top. Better to visit in the morning time. A museum is there in front of Gol Gumbaz. Friday is holiday for Museum.
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  • Mahesh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  229 readers

"Maintained well"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2015
Fee to entrance is very high, they had maintained clean and well, some more trees to be planted for more attraction.
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Nishit Jain

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  • Nishit Jain
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 11 Reviews
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  •  6832 readers

"Massive with fantastic acoustics"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
1. You can visit this between 6 am and 6 pm.
2. Hire a guide (or a local) to truly understand why this is an architectural wonder.
3. Make sure you climb the 6 floors required to reach the inside gallery - the acoustics are worth the pain in your legs.
4. You need at least an hour to see this place comfortably.
5. Visit in the evening to catch a decent sunset and photograph the parrots.
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Niraj Adhikary

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  • Niraj Adhikary
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 23 photos
  • 14 Reviews
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"Cool trip in a warm place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
You can hear the smallest of the sounds which originates inside the tomb, it's an amazing architecture to observe from inside out, you need to spend time to understand the complete monument.
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Sunil Shenoy

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  • Sunil Shenoy
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 13 Reviews
  •  58 helpful votes
  •  14675 readers

"An awesome monument"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2015
I had heard a lot about the monument. When I set foot inside the building, I was awed by the sheer size of the dome. Indeed it is an architectural and engineering marvel. It is best to visit early in the morning (it opens at 6 am). This is when you can experience the whispering gallery the best. As the day progresses, with more tourists pouring in, the noise level goes up.
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