Bijapur is a city of historic importance in south India. It was built by the Kalyani Chalukyas in the 10th century, and named Vijayapura, or City of Victory. In the course of time, it was ruled by kings of various dynasties. The Adil Shahi dynasty of the 16th century added some beautiful buildings and gardens . The most famous monument in Bijapur is the Gol Gumbaz. (topmost picture) It is an enormous dome which houses the tombs of Mohammad Adil Shah and his queens. The dome is second in size to St.Peter's Basilica in Rome. The whispering gallery in the Gol Gumbaz attracts a lot of visitors. The accoustics are so amazing that if you whisper in one corner of the gallery, it is heard in the far corners too. The kings who were music lovers, liked to listen to singers here.
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