Deccan Style Architecture

Hyderabad School

Qutub Shahi and Nizam Shahi dynasties contributed greatly towards the development of the Deccan style of architecture.

  • Charminar (1591) – Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah
  • Mecca Masjid- started in 1614 by Abdullah Qutub Shah and completed in 1687 by Aurangzeb.
  • Golconda Fort (1525) – Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, was an impregnable fort of great strategic importance to most of the rulers.
  • Falaknuma Palace (1870) by Nawab Vikar-Ul-Ulmara, is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture.

Deccan Architecture


Bijapur School (Karnataka)

  • Developed during the reign of Adilshah most important example is Gol Gumbaz
  • Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur is the mausoleum of Muhammad Adil Shah (1627- 57)
  • It is the largest dome cubicle in the world covering a total interior surface of over 1600 sq. meters
  • Its underground vaults consist of a square grave chamber and a large single square chamber above the ground
  • Prominent feature Large hemispherical dome surmounting it & seven storied octagonal towers on its corners
  • Each of its walls on the outside are divided into three recessed arches
  • A 3.4 m wide gallery rests on its interior, known as the whispering gallery, as even a whisper here reverberates as an echo under the dome.
  • The large dome is hemispherical & is covered with a row of petals at the base.

Deccan Style Architecture Gol Gumbaz

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