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Grand Tomb of Mahomed Shah, 6th King of Beejapore, called the Guli Goombaz or Rose Dome.

Grand Tomb of Mahomed Shah, 6th King of Beejapore, called the Guli Goombaz or Rose Dome.

Photographer: Hinton, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 254/3(45)

Item number: 254345

Genre: Photograph

A photograph of a general view of the Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur from the 'Vibart Collection of Views in South India' taken by Henry Hinten about 1860. Photographer's caption reads: '...built on a terrace 200 yards square. Height of tomb externally 198 ft, internally 175. Diameter of dome 124 feet, 4 minarets of 8 storeys, 12 ft broad entered by winding staircases terminating in cupolas'. Print 1 of Henry Hinton's The Ruins of Beejapoor, in a series of nineteen views from collodion negatives (Bombay, 1860). The Gol Gumbaz, a grand mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah, though a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, is impressively simple in design, with a hemispherical dome, nearly 44 mts in external diameter, resting on a cubical volume measuring 47.5 mts on each side. The dome is supported internally by eight intersecting arches created by two rotated squares that create interlocking pendentives. A centotaph slab in the floor marks the true grave in the basement, the only instance of this practice in Adil Shahi architecture.

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