Side view of the Gagan Mahal, Bijapur
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Gagan Mahal, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken in the 1880s and attributed to Henry Cole (the attribution is probably incorrect). 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. This view shows the building in semi-ruinous condition, with strengthening arches in place.