Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bijapur (Vijayapura): Photo 19
Critics marvel at the plain ceiling. How are the stone plates supported, they ask. Their answer is the marvelous local mortar, so strong that it can support its own weight, as well as that of the slabs it binds. The same slabs form the floor of an upper room, reached through a concealed staircase now screened off.
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