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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bijapur (Vijayapura): Photo 36

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The city once had a citadel with its own wall. Here, a fragment of that wall protects the Ark Qila. (The phrase is perhaps a corruption of Ark Allah, "the Castle of Allah.") Meadows Taylor, who was here in the mid-19th century, wrote (quoted in Cousens, p. 5) that "the interior of the citadel is almost indescribable, being nearly covered with masses of enormous ruins, now almost shapeless, interspersed with buildings still perfect. All those which had vaulted roofs are sound, but all in which wood existed are roofless and irreparably ruined." The most noticeable change since Meadows was here 150 years ago is the addition of motorized traffic.

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