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Indian Architechture Through the Ages Introduction to Indian Architechture Architechtural Glossary Getting Around in India
 
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Monuments in Bijapur
ASAR MAHAL
GOL GUMBAZ
IBRAHIM RAUZA (TOMB AND MOSQUE)
JAL MANZIL (WATER PAVILION)
JAMI MASJID (FRIDAY MOSQUE)
JOD GUMBAZ (TWO TOMBS)
MEHTAR MAHAL
TAJ BAOLI (TANK)
 
Bijapur was the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty (1490 - 1686) that suppressed the Bahmani dynasty. Bijapur, means the city of victory and has the largest number of Islamic ruins in South India. It was revived by the Belgaum head of the Bahmani dynasty and flourished during the times of Ibrahim II (1580-1626). A 10 km long wall surrounds the city and the fort is in the middle of the circular town. The fort has 96 bastions and five main entrances. This dynasty had a deep understanding of architecture. Later it was attacked and in 1636 they accepted Mughal supremacy. In 1686 Aurangzeb attacked the city, fortunately most of the buildings still exist. The design that is most different from the North Indian design is the ball shaped dome that also resembles a lotus flower. It is a good place to study ruins. Unfortunately there are no good hotels in Bijapur, so few tourists visit here.