Tour to Gol Gumbaz the various Karnataka Monuments. Tour to Gol Gumbaz is an ideal example of architecture and engineering brilliance.
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Located in the city of Bijapur, Karnataka, South India, this architecture was the creation of Yaqut of Dabul. It was built in 1659. This massive structure has a unique feature. Its specialty lies in its 37.9 m dome. The dome or Gol Gumbaz is considered to be the largest dome in the Islamic world.
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Gol Gumbaz an engineering feat of the architect Yaqut stands second in size to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. This dome of 124 feet in diameter is recognized as the second largest dome in the world. This fabulous
dome is standing without any support. To say it so, this dome is not supported by pillars.Popularly known as whispering dome this fantastic structure has stolen many hearts. Its excellent acoustical system has enabled it to carry even the feeblest whisper across the dome.
It is famous that the whisper created here returns nine times big to listener. In fact the acoustical system is so strong that the tick of a watch or the sound of the paper can be heard over a distance of 37 m in the whispering gallery.
Not only this, it boasts of four fascinating minarets. These minarets are actually the four staircases which lead to the top dome.It is held that to relish the true experience of architectural brilliance one should visit this fantabulous dome. Its beauty and excellence always create an overwhelming impression on the mind.
The interesting part of this exquisite dome is that; lovers whisper aloud to express their love, singers enjoy the stereophonic effect and children laugh incessantly to testify their laughing power.
Being in this beautiful Tour to Gol Gumbaz you can also see a mosque, a Naqqar Khana, a gateway, a dharmashala and a museum.
A very strong circular foundation was discovered in the basement that resembled the circular opening of the dome above. But this foundation supports only a platform and a light wooden pavilion.
This could be explained that the original plan may have been based on the conventional mausoleum plan of a small domed chamber surrounded by an open colonnade. It was after the completion of the foundation work that the king or architect thought of resting the dome upon the outer walls, thereby enlarging the volume of dome several times.
The gallery around the base of the dome of the mausoleum possesses an interesting feature that it hangs out about 3.54 m. and is accessed through the winding staircase in the four towers. It is known as the whispering gallery because the sound reflections from the dome allow the slightest of whisper to be heard even when standing across the dome from each other.
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