|Location||Bijapur, Karnataka, India|
|Designer||Yaqut of Dabul|
|Material||Dark grey basalt|
|Height||51 m (167 ft 4 in)|
|Dedicated to||Muhammad Adil Shah|
|Variant Names Gol Gumbad|
Gol Gumbaz is the mausoleum (tomb) of the king Mohammed Adil Shah, Adil Shah Dynasty. Construction of the tomb, located in Bijapur , Karnataka, India, was started in 1626 and was completed in 1656. The name is based on "Gol Gumbadh" derived from "Gola Gummata" meaning "circular dome". It follows the style of culture and [Indo-Islamic architecture] .
The building is one of those put by UNESCO on its "tentative list" to become a World Heritage Site in 2014, under the name Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (despite there being a number of different sultanates).
The structure is composed of a cube, 48 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. The upper floor of each tower opens on to a round gallery which surrounds the dome. The dome is one of the largest domes constructed before the modern era.
There is a museum within the complex. The museum was established during the British rule in 1892.
A nearby building.[clarification needed]
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- Gol Gumbad on Archaeological Survey of India website
- ArchNet digital library
- The Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo, Tokyo
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- Architectural features of Gol Gumbaz