The one-time capital of the Adil Shahi kings (1489-1686), Bijapur is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, palaces, fortifications, watchtowers and strong gateways, with the massive Gol Gumbaz dominating the landscape for miles around.
The foundations of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukyan dynasty of Kalyani between the tenth and eleventh centuries. They called it Vijayapura or the City of Victory; from which comes its present name Bijapur.
Bijapur experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adil Shahi dynasty. The Adil Shahis encouraged building activity to such an extent that Bijapur itself has over 50 mosques, more than 20 tombs and a number of palaces. Bijapur is mainly famous for Gol-Gumbaz,Jumma Masjid,Bara Kamaan,Gajanan Temple, Ibrahim Rauza, Kudala Sangama,Taj Bawdi, Mallike- e Maidan, Methar Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Jala Manzil, Upli Buruj, and more...