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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bijapur (Vijayapura): Photo 25

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The dome of the Gol Gomboz has excited the interest of architectural historians for a long time. Here's Fergusson (II, 274): "On the platform of these pendentives at a height of 109 feet, 6 inches, the dome is erected, 124 feet 5 in. in diameter, thus leaving a gallery more than 12 feet wide all round the interior. Internally, the dome is 178 ft. above the floor, and externally 198 ft. from the outside platform, its thickness at the springing is about 10 ft. and at the crown is 9 ft..... If the whole edifice thus balanced has any tendency to move, it is to fall inwards, which from its circular form is impossible...."

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