Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Gagan Mahal Bijapur vintage post cards

Gagan Mahal or Heavenly Palace was built by Ali Adil Shah I in 1561 as a royal palace with a durbar hall. It has three impressive arches and the central arch is the widest. The durbar hall was located in the ground floor while the first floor was built as the private residence of the royal family. But both floors are now in ruins. The façade of the palace has three arches; the central arch, which is the largest of the three, is 20 metres (66 ft) long and 17 metres (56 ft)in height.

The above text courtesy from the wikipedia website.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijapur_Fort 

Gagan Mahal
 
Only this imposing entrance facade remains from this audience hall built in the Ali I period. The high central arch is flanked by arches that lead to narrow staircases to the upper storey. The far wall has three arched recesses and a row of smaller arches at the base. The Mahal and nearby palaces form the royal centre of Bijapur and are surrounded by a moat and citadel walls.  


The above text courtesy from the website of kaladarshana.com

http://www.kaladarshana.com/sites/bijapur/IMG00019.html 

In my collection i have 2 different vintage post cards of Gagan Mahal, Bijapur. 

This is my Gagan Mahal, Bijapur undivided back British India vintage post card. Clifton & Co published this vintage post card.


























This is Gagan Mahal, Bijapur another vintage post card in my collection. This post card printed in Luxemburg.




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