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View across the moat towards the Gagan Mahal and the Sat Manzili, Bijapur.

View across the moat towards the Gagan Mahal and the Sat Manzili, Bijapur.

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1802)

Item number: 10031802

Length: 199

Width: 264

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

View looking directly across the moat towards the great arch of the Gagan Mahal, with the Sat Manzili in the right background, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens int he 1880s. The Gagan Mahal or Heavenly Palace is the Assembly or Durbar Hall built by Ali Adil I (r.1558-80) in 1561. 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.

The Sat Manzili or Seven-Storeyed palace now only has five floors. It was probably a pleasure pavilion built in 1583 during the reign of Ibrahim II Adil Shah (r.1580-1627).

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