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Discovering this whispering wonder namely Gol Gumbaz would not be less than a majestic experience for you. Essentially a mausoleum of the King Mohammed Adil Shah, who was the prosperous Sultan of Bijapur, this place is worth every ounce of your energy and time! This mausoleum was constructed in Vijayapura, Karnataka. The construction of this monument started in 1626 and got completed in 1656. Interestingly, it took almost 30 years to construct this historical marvel which is built-in Deccan style of architecture. 

 Mechanics of its Architecture

The very structure of this architecture has been composed of a cube which is approximately 47.5 m on each side. Further, it has been capped by a roof of 44m covering its external diameter. The eight intersection arches are created as a result of two rotated squares which further create interlocking pendentives supporting the dome. And then at each of the four corners of the cube, there is a presence of a dome-capped octagonal tower that is seven storeys high with a staircase inside. And the upper floor of each of the tower opens on to a round gallery surrounding the dome.

Inside the Mausoleum Hall

Further going inside the mausoleum hall you will witness a square podium having steps on each side. And in the middle of the podium, there is also a cenotaph slab on the ground marks. Interestingly, this is the only instance of this kind of practice present in the architectural style of the Deccan sultanates.

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Then in the middle of the north side, there is also a very large semi-octagonal bay spanning an area of about 1,700 sq.meters. Running around the inside of the dome has the famous whispering gallery where even the softest sound can be heard on the other side of the mausoleum - all because of the acoustic mechanics of this space.

Historical Prominence & Some Interesting Facts

  • This architectural acoustic wonder was made by an architect named Yaqut of Dabul.

  • Golgumbaz is the second largest monument after St Basilica having the largest dome. 

  • Another interesting fact about the mausoleum is its gigantic and heavy dome that stands on its position without any central pillar support.

  • MAjor arresting features of this monument are the seven-storied octagonal spires located at the four corners and heavily bracketed cornice below the parapet. 

  • The amazing whispering gallery distinctly echoes whispering around 11 times.

Top Attractions in & Around Gol Gumbaz 

Jamkhandi. An incredible city in the Bagalkot district that is worth exploring owing to multiple reasons such as the Royal Palace of Patwardhan's. Did you know that it was the first princely state to merge in constituent India? Have you heard about the legend of Sage Jhambu? According to the popular folk stories he had meditated in the “Khandi” which means a cave in these very hills. And it is owing to the same reason that this city has been named as “Jamkhandi.”

Malik-I-Maidan. A highly recommended place indeed and a must-visit travel attraction for the tourists. Malik-I-Maidan meaning “Lord of the Battlefield”. It is believed to be the largest cannon existing and set up by Muhammad Adil Shah in the year of 1549 on the top of Sherzah Burj in Bijapur. The feeling of experiencing this historical wonder is simply brilliant. A highly recommended place to explore.

Things to do Around Gol Gumbaz

Visit Ibrahim- Rauza. It is basically a 15th-century monument built by the Emperor Ibrahim Adil Shah II. This place has indeed a very spell-binding scent of Indian history & mythology. An amazing combination of monuments and architecture.

Visit Kumatagi. The Kumatagi village is typically known for being an ancient summer resort. This place consists of a lake, rows of tamarind trees which are just a visual delight for the eyes. Truly an incredible place for hearts that need peace.

Best Time to Visit Gol Gumbaz

The months from October to March are the best to visit the city because the weather during this time is quite pleasant. Otherwise, this monument is open all seven days of the week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

How to Reach Golgumbaz

By Air. Bijapur Airport is the nearest airport. The airport is well-established serving the Bijapur city in Karnataka. If you are traveling from other states of India, prefer Bangalore Airport that is well-connected to major metropolitan cities of the country. 

By Rail. The Bijapur railway station is the nearest railhead. The Gol Gumbaz is just 5 minutes walking distance away from the railway station. The station serves a wide number of neighboring regions of India. 

By Road. The overall connectivity via road is also quite good. The well-linked roadways of Bijapur serve conveniently to its neighbouring regions.  If you are planning a trip via road then it would be a convenient experience for you. 

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