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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bijapur (Vijayapura): Photo 4

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Over the course of its two centuries, the Adil Shahi Dynasty had nine kings. Monumental architecture began with the fifth, Ali Adil Shah, who ruled from 1557 to 1580 and had the luxury of ruling over a secure state. It was his successor, Ibrahim who most likely built this structure, roughly in 1620. It's called the Mehtar Mahal or Prince's Palace, but it has nothing to do with a palace. Instead, it's the grand entrance to a modest mosque. The Adil Shahis, by the way, were not only Muslim but fervent in their hatred of the Hindu majority surrounding them.

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