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  Bijapur
 
GOL GUMBAZ:
The tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (1627-56), the 7th ruler of the Adil Shahi dynasty, took 20 years to complete and dominates the landscape of Bijapur for miles around. The central dome is the second largest in the world (the largest being the dome of St Peter's Basilica in Rome ) and stands unsupported by pillars measuring at 38 meters in diameter. The monument itself is an impressive structure with a floor area of 1700 sqm and a height of 51 meters. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the structure is acoustics - in the 'Whispering Gallery', the tick of a watch or the rustle of paper can be heard across a distance of 37 meters. The massive structure is rounded off by four octagonal turrets in each corner which project at an angle. From the gallery around the dome, one can have a fabulous view of the entire town. The complex also includes a mosque, a Naqar Khana, a gateway and a dharmasala. The edifice in front of the tomb has been converted into a
 museum.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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