Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur


Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur is monument popular all over the world as it has the second largest dome in the world. This exceptional monument is situated in the eastern part of the city. The monument is actually a tomb of Adil Shah that was started by Shah himself in1659.

Probably Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur is the second largest tomb in the world. It has a diameter of 40 meter and huge halls. One of the characteristic features of the tomb is that its dome stands without any support from a pillar. Another attraction of the monument is the "Whispering Gallery", where even a single whisper is increased 10 times and is echoed innumerable times.

Within the premises of Bijapur -Gol-Gumbaz Archaeological Museum, apart from the tomb there are other buildings like a mosque, a dharamshala or an inn and many other buildings. Dark gray basalt was used to construct the tomb, which is then beautifully adorned with plasterwork. The thicknesses of the walls of mausoleum are 3 m and 30.5 m in height. On the exterior side of the structure there are three great blind arches. The central arch is the widest of all and is decorated with wooden panels and has a small rectangular entrance and three rows of windows with arches.

The base of the monumental dome of the Gol Gumbaz is carved with beautiful petals that cover the drum. The diameter of the dome measures almost 44 m from outside and its height from a circular platform is 27.4 m. If we measure the total height of the magnificent dome from the ground level up to the top from outside it is 60 m.

Last Updated on 07 August 2012