Gol Gumbaz

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Gol Gumbz
ಗೋಲ ಗುಮ್ಮಟ
Gol Gumbaz
Gol Gumbaz is located in Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz
Location of Gol Gumbaz
Coordinates 16°49′48.11″N 75°44′9.95″E / 16.8300306°N 75.7360972°E / 16.8300306; 75.7360972
Location Bijapur, Karnataka, India
Type Mausoleum
Material dark grey basalt
Height 51 m (167 ft 4 in)
Beginning date c. 1626
Completion date 1656
Dedicated to Mohammed Adil Shah
Variant Names Gol Gumbaz

Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum of king Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. Construction of the tomb, located in Vijayapura (formerly Bijapur), Karnataka, India, was started in 1626 and completed in 1656. The name is based on Gola gummata derived from Gol Gombadh meaning "circular dome".[1] It follows the style of Deccan architecture.[2]


Plan of Gol Gumbaz

The structure is composed of a cube, 47.5 m (156 ft) on each side, capped by a roof 44 m (144 ft) in external diameter. Eight intersecting arches created by two rotated squares that create interlocking pendentives support the dome. At each of the four corners of the cube, is a dome-capped octagonal tower seven stories high with a staircase inside.[2] The upper floor of each tower opens on to a round gallery which surrounds the dome. Inside the mausoleum hall, is a square podium with steps on each side. In the middle of the podium, a cenotaph slab on the ground marks the actual grave below, "the only instance of this practice" in the architecture of the Deccan sultanates. In the middle of the north side, "a large semi-octagonal bay" protrudes out.[2] With an area of 1,700 m2 (18,000 sq ft),[3] the mausoleum has one of the biggest single chamber spaces in the world. Running around the inside of the dome is the "Whispering Gallery" where even the softest sound can be heard on the other side of the mausoleum due to the acoustics of the space.[3]



  1. ^ "Gumbad (Gumbad) meaning in English". Hinkoj.com. Hinkoj.com. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Michell, George; Zebrowski, Mark (1999). Architecture and Art of the Deccan Sultanates. The New Cambridge History of India. I.8. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 92–4. ISBN 0-521-56321-6. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Archaeological Survey of India (2011). "Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur". Archaeological Survey of India. Archaeological Survey of India. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 

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Coordinates: 16°49′48″N 75°44′9″E / 16.83000°N 75.73583°E / 16.83000; 75.73583