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Close of the main façade of the Gagan Mahal, Bijapur, showing the great arch 10031804

Close of the main façade of the Gagan Mahal, Bijapur, showing the great arch 10031804

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1804)

Item number: 10031804

Length: 201

Width: 258

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Gagan Mahal, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Gagan Mahal or Heavenly Palace is the Assembly or Durbar Hall built by Ali Adil I (r.1558-80) in 1560. The facade is dominated by an immense central arch flanked by two smaller arches facing an open area intended for public assemblies. The central arch is 20 metres long and 17 metres high.

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