Largest Dome in India
Gol Gumbaz, situated in Bijapur district of
Karnataka, is the largest dome in India. Gol Gumbaz has a diameter of
124 feet and is the second largest dome in the world, next only to St.
Peter's Basilica in Rome. The dome was built by Muhammad Adil Shah in
the year 1656. It has a floor area of 1700 m2 and a height of 51 m. The
walls of the structure are 3 m. thick. The dome contains tombs of
Muhammad Adil Shah, his two wives, his mistress, his daughter and
grandson. Gol Gumbaz is an architectural wonder as it stands unsupported
by pillars. The most remarkable feature of Gol Gumbaz is its acoustical
system. Even the faintest whisper around the dome echoes several times.