Gol Gumbaz

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Gol Gumbaz
Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur (Karnataka)
Gol Gumbaz is located in Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz
Location of Gol Gumbaz in Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz is located in India
Gol Gumbaz
Location of Gol Gumbaz in India
Coordinates16°49′48.11″N 75°44′9.95″E / 16.8300306°N 75.7360972°E / 16.8300306; 75.7360972Coordinates: 16°49′48.11″N 75°44′9.95″E / 16.8300306°N 75.7360972°E / 16.8300306; 75.7360972
LocationBijapur, Karnataka, India
DesignerYaqut of Dabul
MaterialDark grey basalt
Height51 m (167 ft 4 in)
Beginning date1626
Completion date1656
Dedicated toMuhammad 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).[1]


Plan of Gol gumbaz
Circular dome from inside

[2]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.



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  1. ^ "Gol Gumbaz: Information, History, Architecture, Timings, Entry Fee". 27 May 2019.