Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 288 Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz!
The sound of that name says it all. It is a huge mausoleum. One of the worlds biggest domes, second only to the Holy See's St.Peter. And that's just about it. It is pretty simple in design and just big. Like the name. Gol Gumbaz! As always in such large buildings the acoustics are amazing. There is a whispering gallery just below the dome - legend has it that even the quietest sound uttered here can be heared in every spot in the building. Couldn't prove it as the Indian tourists considered it more of a shouting gallery. And clapping gallery. And all that noise multified by the 10+ echoes in this room. Even some 100 meters away from the building the riot could still be heard.

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