Situated at a distance of 2 km, Gol Gumbaz is one of the major attractions of the city. Built by Yaqut of Dabul (architect under Mohammed Adil Shah’s patronage), the structure is remarked as the world’s 2nd largest dome. There is no pillar used in raising the structure. There are stairs that connect four minarets to the dome. Thus, one can enjoy the panoramic view of the city. The whispering gallery is one of the attracting features of the structure.
Jumma Masjid is a must-visit attraction in the city. The mosque, with a height of 120 ft, is set over an area of 10,810 sq m. Well-designed arches & rooms and a fountain at the center are some of the features that make the mosque look beautiful. There is a big hall and a huge dome and 33 domes closely encircling it. Additionally, there also are 12 arches built with 12 interleaving arches and intricately designed gateway, which was designed by Aurangzeb. Jumma Masjid is also acclaimed as India’s first mosque. The holy Koran, inscribed in gold, is also one of the attracting features of the mosque.
Mithari and Asar Mahals
Located in close vicinity to Jumma Masjid, Mithari and Asar Mahals are beautiful structures to visit. An ornately decorated gateway heads to a 3-storied edifice of Mithari Mahal that features high minarets and beautifully designed windows. Asar Mahal is adjacent to Mithari Mahal and is held by 4 pillars. This structure was initially built as a ‘Hall of Justice’. A step well is also a major attraction near the structure. The upper storey of the building features Persian style decoration and does not allow entry of women. Moreover, the annual festival known as ‘Urs’ also makes it a must visit attraction in Bijapur.
Surrounded by its own walls, the Citadel is a centrally located site. In the center of the property, there also is a large moat. The Citadel features palaces, halls of shah rulers and beautiful gardens. Constructed by Yusuf Adil Shah, some of the structures of the Citadel are in bad condition and some have been transformed into government buildings. The unique charm of the structure wins capitates the mind and hearts of the visitors. Gagan Mahal, Sat Manzil, Durbar Hall, Bara Kaman and Jala Manzil are some of the attracting features in the Citadel.