Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

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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  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Ramees o

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  21 readers
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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Aftab Pasha

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  • Posted May 24, 2017
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  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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Parag Joshi

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Largest dome in India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This dome was built by Adil Shah in 1656.
It has 7 floors.
One can go to 7th floor which is the highest floor.
From this place one can see the whole city.
The stairs is made in such a way that wind continuously flows in high velocity also even if there is chaos outside or inside the dome one cannot hear any sound.
Amazing architecture. One must take guide or atleast read about it before going there.
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Parag Joshi

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"Biggest dome of india" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This dome was built by Adil Shah in 1656.
It has 7 floors.
One can go to 7th floor which is the highest floor.
From this place one can see the whole city.
The stairs is made in such a way that wind continuously flows in high velocity also even if there is chaos outside or inside the dome one cannot hear any sound.
Amazing architecture. One must take guide or atleast read about it before going there.
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Asad Rashid

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  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Gol Gumbaz, the biggest dome in India"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Sometime back when we used to be in Pune, we got invited for a wedding taking place in Gulbarga, a town in present day Karnataka though it used to be part of the Hyderabad State in the yesteryears. Seeing an opportunity for a road trip, we decided to drive down from Pune. It was a comfortable 400 kms drive, much of which was on the Solapur Highway. As expected, Gulbarga depicted the influence of the Nizams in its buildings, culture and cuisine. The banquet which followed the solemnization of marriage was fit for royalty.
The day after the wedding, we decided to make a trip to Gol Gumbaz, the structure which boasts of the biggest dome in India. This building is actually the mausoleum of Mo hammed Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. A drive of about 3. 5 hours brought us to this massive monument. Having read about it as part of Indian history in our school days, it was a great feeling to visit Gol Gumbaz. Honestly, I was not expecting much tourists but there was a significant crowd of visitors. Surrounded by large green lawns on all sides, this landmark of that region is prominently visible from quite some distance. The lower section of this monument, apart from housing the tomb of the erstwhile ruler, serves as a museum where arms, jewelry, clothing, etc of that regime are on display. The upper section has a circular gallery, overlooking the hall below, where every sound gets resonated thanks to the main attraction, the gigantic dome above. Surrounding the dome is an open terrace, offering views of the nearby settlements and beyond.
There were a few more buildings of historical importance in the neighbourhood, however, due to paucity of time, we could not visit them. Maybe some other day, some other wedding may take us there¶.
PS: advice - if planning a visit, schedule it for a time between Oct to Feb; summers can be torrid in that region.
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Sagar Gant

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Historical monument of adil shah"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2017
Awesome historical monument built by the Mughals. The gol gumbaz is huge circular dome which is a tomb of the emperor Adil Shah. It is surrounded by garden on all 4 sides. Tourists are visiting on a large no and they have made the place very messy. The names are written on walls and lot of voice is made In the dome.
In short it's a beautiful place for architecture lover's.
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Raj sharma

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"An Awesome Structure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2017
Gol Gumbuz at Bijapur is a wonder to behold. Visible from a great distance from all directions the size and splendour of the structure leaves one awe struck. The well maintained green lawns that surround the monument enhance the visual delight. The view from the top and the whispering gallery add to the attraction. A must see place
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Ajit Banthia

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Must see Icon of Bijapur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2016
An important iconic Islamic monument in India has second largest unsupported dome [~125 feet dia] in the world next only to St. Peter's Basilica, Rome. The Bahamani Sultan Adil Shah of Bijapur[currently Vijayapura], constructed it in 16-17th century AD as its own tomb. The layout of the complex is noteworthy. Reminded me as the forbearer of one and only - The Taj Mahal. The parallel is an important criterion in itself. The excellent acoustics of the enclosed space make it a superb whispering gallery, where even the smallest sound is heard across the other side of the Gumbaz echoing multiple times. It also amplifies even your murmured songs and verses recited to the loved ones. Four minarets provide a method to reach the top of the circular balcony around the periphery of the dome. Large garden around and a Small canteen makes it worthwhile even for family outing. Next door to it is a museum worth a visit for one interested in history, culture, architect and important aspects of those days.
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"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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  • Lives in Bijapur
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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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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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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

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"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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