Saturday, May 14, 2011

Golconda Fort

So... this fort is AMAZING!

I mean look at it:

(I'm doing bigger pictures just in case you can't click on them to make them bigger)

Side of the ramparts

Top of the fort

More ramparts

View from the top


View of the fort and structure from the view of the women's mosque

So a little bit about Golconda Fort: It was the citadel of the Qutb Shahi dynasty which ruled Hyderabad from 1507-1687. It was transformed form a 12th century mud fort into a fortified city of grand palaces, mosques and gardens by successive Qutb Shahi rulers. Golconda Fort was also famous for its great hoard of diamonds, mined nearby, which included the celebrated Kohinoor diamond, now a part of the British Crown jewels.

So some more pictures! I know some of the names but most I do not so bear with me.

This is the Bala Hisar Gate

Close look... it's a little whited out... it was bright outside


More details

Peacocks! So cool

Bala Hisar Complex- Where the King's bodies were prepared for burial

Durbar Hall

The Mahakali Temple

Jami Masjid (The King's Mosque)

Another view of the Mosque

Part of the palace complexes

There used to be diamonds in the water and on the walls and it would reflect and have lights everywhere

Rani Mahal

Courtyard of the Women's Area

This place was so neat to explore. I'll post more with pictures of people later.


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