Why to visit Gol Gumbaz once


Built-in the 16th century, it almost took 20 years to complete the construction of Gol Gumbaz. It is a tomb of Adil Shah who started the construction right after he ascended the throne of Bijapur Sultanate. The tomb has 4 minars, each has 7 floors with staircases. One can see an overall view of Bijapur from these minars. Get ready to witness this charming mausoleum while exploring the impressive state of Karnataka. 


Gol Gumbaz is a tomb of Adil Shah in Bijapur, Karnataka. Its circular dome is said to be the second largest in the world after St.Peter’Basilica in Rome. The most peculiar thing is that the central dome stands without any pillar support. Mohammed Adil Shah, the 7th ruler of Adil Shahi Dynasty ordered to build this tomb before his death. The simple yet charming design of Gol Gumbaz is an example of architectural excellence of Bijapur.

Gol Gumbaz Timings: 10.00AM to 5.00PM
Gol Gumbaz Entry Fee: Indian Nationals – Rs.15/-, Others – Rs.200/-, children up to 15 years of age – no fees
Famous For: Mausoleum, Tomb and Historic place
Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hours

History And Architecture Of

Gol Gumbaz is a stunning structure that was built during 1626 – 1648 by Yaqut of Dabul. In Gol Gumbaz, the remains of Mohammed Adil Shah are kept and he ordered the construction of this epitome of architectural excellence. This mausoleum is the burial place of Mohammed Adil Shah, Taj Jahan Begum, and Aroos Bibi. The Sultan wanted that a tomb should be built where his remains will be kept and so the construction of this monument started in 1626 while he ruled Bijapur.

The architectural style of this impeccable structure is the Indo-Islamic and a lot of history enthusiasts visit Gol Gumbaz to marvel at its beauty and charm. This magnificent monument is a paragon of great architecture in the 17th century. With 144 feet diameter, Gol Gumbaz is one of the largest domes in India built in the 17th century. Eight intersecting arches support this majestic dome. As soon as you will enter the Gol Gumbaz, you will see a polygonal podium connected with steps on both sides. In the heart of this podium is the cenotaph of Mohammed Adil Shah. On the upper level is the Gol Gumbaz whispering gallery where you can take around. Even if you whisper in this gallery, your voice will be echoed and this is the highlight of this gallery.

Interesting Facts About

Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Adil Shah is circular in shape and is indeed one of the biggest domes in India. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. Here are some interesting facts and trivia about Gol Gumbaz you should know:

  • The Tomb was built in the year 1656 in the memory of Sultan Adil Shahi. The name of the architect is Yaqut of Dabul.
  • The style of architecture of the building is taken from Deccan Indo – Islamic styling and is inspired by the Taj Mahal in Agra.
  • It is also known as the ‘Black Taj Mahal’ or ‘Taj Mahal of South India’.
  • Gol Gumbaz is also called Gol Gumbad which means a circular dome.
  • The tomb contains one of the largest single-chamber spaces in the world.
  • A whispering gallery is one of the most striking features of the monument, as the lowest whispers can be heard by someone standing at a long distance from the gallery. The sound made inside echoes back 7 times.

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