Historical Places in Bijapur for a Peek into the Past

List of Historical Places in Bijapur

Originally known as Vijapura, the many historical places in Bijapur stand as a testimony to the rich history and glorious past of the city. The city was mostly under the rule of Adil Shah I and II and so most historical places in Bijapur were built by him. Most of these historical places in Bijapur still stand tall and sturdy as a masterpiece of striking architecture and design. But sadly some of these are in ruins while some other were left unfinished due to various reasons. But nonetheless, these historical places in Bijapur are important remnants of history and attract a large tourist influx. Check out the list of historical places in Bijapur given below.

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Here is the list of 13 Historical Places in Bijapur for a Peek into the Past

1. Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur

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Gol Gumbaz is the crypt of Mohammed Adil Shah, who was the Sultan of Bijapur. He was the seventh ruler of Adil Shah Dynasty. This magnificent monument was constructed by the architect Yaqut of Dabul, in the year 1656. The monument derives its name from "Gola Gummata" or "Gol Gombadh", which mean a "circular dome". Constructed as per the Deccan architecture, Gol Gumbaz is one of the most significant monuments of India located in the state of Karnataka.

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2. Ibrahim Rauza, Bijapur

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Also known as The Taj Mahal of the Deccan, it is home to the remains of the Adil Shah ruler Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his wife Taj Sultana. It was designed by Malik Sandal with a mosque to the right and a tomb to the left.

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3. Jumma Masjid, Bijapur

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Built by Ali Adil Shah to celebrate his victory in the Battle of Talikota, it is one of the first mosques in India. This Masjid is spread over 10810 sq m and displays fine architecture with the twin minarets and beautiful arches and the dome.

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4. The Citadel, Bijapur

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With its own surrounding walls and a moat, The Citadel houses palaces, gardens and halls from the Adil Shahi Dynasty. It is mostly dilapidated. The royal Gagan Mahal and the Durbar Hall, Sat Manzil, Jala Manzil and Bara Kaman are the most fascinating structures here.

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5. Mithari and Asar Mahals, Bijapur

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Built by Muhammad Adil Shah in 1640s, it serves as a place of worship for Muslim devotees, originally meant to be a Hall of Justice. Persian architecture is displayed here in the upper storey where women are not allowed.

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6. Bijapur Fort, Bijapur

Bijapur Fort is an important monument of historical importance situated in Bijapur. It was built during the rule of Adilshah dynasty and is endearingly known as the Agra of South India. It is also known as Vijapura Fort and is enclosed within a moat of 50 feet.

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7. Bara Kaman, Bijapur

Built in 1672 AD by Adil Shah II, Bara Kaman is an unfinished structure situated in Bijapur. The structure was supposed to have twelve arches vertically and horizontally surrounding the mausoleum of the king and his wives. However, the mausoleum and the arches was left unfinished as Adil Shah II was murdered by his own father and the construction of Bara Kaman was left incomplete as he did not want Bara Kaman to lessen the architectural marvel of Gol Gumbaz.

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8. Gagan Mahal, Bijapur

Built by Adil Shah I in 1561, Gagan Mahal or endearingly known as Heavenly Mahal (Sky Mahal) is known for its architectural finesse and design. Boasting of three arches, the two stoteyed monument had the Darbar Hall on the ground floor and the upper storey was supposed to be the residence for the royal family.

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9. Mehtar Mahal, Bijapur

Situated inside the premises of the Bijapur Fort, Mehtar Mahal dates back to the 1620 and is known to be the most elegant structure within the fort. Built in the Indo-Sarcenic style, the carvings on the minarets are in the Hindu architectural style.

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10. Saath Kabar, Bijapur

Saath Kabar literally translates to sixty graves and has a very tragic story behind it. It is believed that the army chief of Adil Shah II's court killed his 63 wives in cruel jealousy that they might remarry after he died in the battle with Shivaji.

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11. Sangeeth Nari Mahal, Bijapur

At a distance of 8 kms from Bijapur, Sangeeth Nari Mahal is situated in Navraspur. Built in the 16th century, the palace was used for celebration and parties.The Mahal is currently in ruins but still has a pond in the centre.

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12. Malik-e-Maidan, Bijapur

Malik-Maidan is a historical importance site in Bijapur and means "Lord of the Battlefield". It basically showcases a large cannon which was placed on Sherzah Burj by Adil Shah II in 1549. The cannon also has an inscription made by Aurangzeb on top of it.

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13. Upli Burj, Bijapur

Built in the 16th century by Hyder Khan, Upli Buruj or Upli Burj is basically a watchtower that stands at a height of 24 meters. The tower has two massive cannons placed at the top and offers a panoramic view of the city below.

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