Constructed over the ruins of the Ark Killa in 1565, the Bijapur Citadel is a wonderful and historical place. The number of buildings and armaments in this fort are worth seeing. The famous Monarch of the Plains or the Malik-i-Maidan is the cannon that can be seen after a climb up a flight of very steep steps. Resting on a platform below which is the Sher Burj or Lion Bastion as it is called because of the lions carved on the entrance.
Close to the Sher Burj is the 1583 constructed Haider Burj or Upari Burj from which the entire citadel can be seen. The Adalat Mahal (Hall of Justice) constructed in the 17th century lies towards the outer edge of the fort. Located behind the Adalat Mahal is the Pasari Kaman, a magnificent arch that connects the citadel with the Adalat Mahal.
According to the historian Ferishta, who lived here in the 16th century, the grandeur of Ibrahim II’s arrival at the Anand Mahal was something to be seen. Built in 1589, the Anand Mahal was the pleasure palace of Ibrahim II. The Gagan Mahal (Durbar hall) built under the aegis of Ali Adil Shah I in 1561 is just across the street from Anand Mahal. The Granary, Saat Manzil and the beautiful Jal Mandir, a structure that is built in the middle of a pond are the other noteworthy buildings in the Bijapur Citadel.
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|