The Gol Gumbaz is the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah II (1627 - 1657). He is buried below ground along with his wife, daughter and favourite court dancer. The tomb was completed in 1656. It is an outstanding example of the dome as an Islamic architectural feature, along with the arch. (See my photos of the Jami Masjid, Gulbarga.) It features a square floor area enclosed by four walls and buttressed by octagonal towers surmounted by a dome. In the rear (to the west) of the platform, is a small mosque, also on a raised platform. The mosque and tomb were introduced into Indian architecture from the architectural traditions of Western Asia.
The brown two-storey building blocking the view of the Gol Gumbaz from the street is the Nakkar Khana, formerly the gatehouse, now a museum operated by the Archaeological Survey of India - ASI.
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