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Elephant Stables, Hampi

As the name says, this least dilapidated structure and one of the major tourist attractions in Hampi today was once the stable for elephants which where used by royalty. In total there are 11 domed chambers, tall and inter-connected, giving it a grand appearance. These halls have different shapes, such as drum-shape and octagonal. In the middle is an ornate hall that was perhaps used for ceremonial gatherings that included elephant processions. Its towers look similar to those of the temples of that era. Elephant Stables are symmetrical with respect to Central Hall. Each hall has opening for Mahouts to enter the compartments and metal hooks to tie the elephants. The stables are also a gateway to Guard’s Quarter and Ranga Temple, some of the other popular attractions in Hampi.

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