Trivia / Karnataka

The construction for Gol Gumbaz started in ______. It was built as a mausoleum for Sultan Adil Shah who reigned the region from 1626 to 1656.

  1. 1626
  2. 1656
  3. 1657

1626

Sultan Adil Shah started the construction for his own mausoleum, Gol Gumbaz, right after ascending to the throne in 1626. The construction was apparently still going on when he died, and the work finally stopped on his death. The basement of the monument contains the remains of the sultan, his two wives, his mistress, his daughter and his grandson.

Gol Gumbaz is an architectural marvel and is considered to be one of the largest pre-modern domes of India. The dome has a diameter of 44 meters and is supported by a series of interlocking arches, without any columns. Each corner of the monument has a seven-storied minaret that provides access to the balcony, known as the "whispering gallery", where any sound gets amplified due to the underlying architecture.