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Gol Gumbaz Mosque, Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz Mosque, Bijapur

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1814)

Item number: 10031814

Length: 205

Width: 257

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Gol Gumbaz Mosque, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Gol Gumbaz or Round Dome, the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah (r.1627-56), is one of the greatest buildings of the Adil Shahi dynasty. Completed in 1656 it is simple in design, with an immense hemispherical dome 44m in diameter, the second largest in the world after St. Peter's in Rome. To the west of the tomb is the mosque attached to the tomb, Henry Cousens said about it "...for many years, used as a travellers' bungalow...It is a well-proportioned and elegant building, with slender minarets and rich deep cornice, the latter, however, being much damaged. Owing to its use as a travellers' bungalow, with people coming and going, a great deal of the cornice was dismantled, and the rest was supported with wooden framing as a temporary measure. The whole, though appearing intact, and in good condition from a distance, was, like that of the mausoleum itself, in a very rickety and unsafe condition...''

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