Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, India is a unique architectural design, the largest unsupported dome in the world, covering the largest floor area too. Built some 350 years back, its speciality is the whispering gallery. Due to the accoustic characteristics of the circular platform and big dome, even the tick of a wrist watch can be heard at the opposite side more than 25m away, and any sound made can be heard echoing several times for about half a minute. One of the must-see places in India.
Happy to share a few photos:
Front view of the dome sitting on top of seven-floors base.
The tombstone of Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur, on the ground floor. Real graves are in a chamber below.
A straight look up from here gives a view of the dome.
The approach to the dome is through the flight of stairs, through the four stair towers in each corner of the square base building.
View of outside world from one level of the tower of seven floors of stairs.
On reaching the top, a view just outside the dome, before entering in through one of the eight small openings.
My wife's saree fluttering in the cool and strong breeze on the top floor.
A 'stitched' image of the platform at the top floor, forming the base of the dome. It is here that you can hear the tick of the wrist-watch of the person sitting on a bench on the opposite side.
A view of the tomb from the top, the same tomb you saw in the second picture above.
Decorated front of the cannon kept at the entrance of the Gol Gumbaz.
Hope you liked the pictures. C&C welcome.