Kan: ವಿಜಯಪುರ vijayapura

Victory Town’ [Bijapur] City/District, Karnataka 

Bijapur. From Skt: vijaya, ‘conquest’, ‘victory’; and pur, ‘fort’, ‘city’.

The city was established in the 10th-11th centuries by the Kalyani Chalukyas.

It was captured by the Bahmani Sultanate in 1347. The Adil Shahi dynasty ruled the Sultanate of Bijapur from 1489 until it was conquered by the Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb in 1686.

Gol Gumbaz, built in 1656,  has the second largest dome in the world (after St Peter’s in Rome). It is 51m high and 38m widewith a floor area of 1,700 sq m. It contains the tombs of Muhammad Adil Shah and his family.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Karnataka place names.

 

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur/Vijayapura

Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur/Vijayapura          Meesanjay