Daily Dose: Gol Gumbaz

Add to TwitterGol Gumbaz (round dome) is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah in India. It’s made of dark grey basalt and plaster and covers 18,225 square feet. Ready for some more numbers? It was built between 1626 and 1656, the walls are nine feet thick and 100 feet high, and the 124-foot-diameter-dome is one of the largest in the world.

Gol Gumbaz mausoleum, India; Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

In my opinion, the coolest part about this massive monument is the whispering gallery. In the area around the base of the dome, any sound is echoed ten times and can easily be heard on the opposite side. It seems that everything about the Gol Gumbaz is magnified.

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Sources:
http://www.archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.jsp?site_id=7616
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol_Gumbaz

Image:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GolGumbaz2.jpg

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