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Golconda Fort UPSC NOTE

 

  • Located on the western outskirts of Hyderabad, Telangana.

  • Golconda Fort stands tall on a 400-foot granite hill

  • Its origins date back to the 11th century, with the Kakatiya dynasty laying the foundation as a mud fort.

  • The fort truly rose to prominence under the Qutb Shahi dynasty in the 16th century

  • They transformed it into a formidable citadel, expanding and strengthening its defenses with massive fortification walls, bastions, and battlements.

  • The fort's grandeur lies in its intricate blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles

  • Arched gateways, intricate carvings, and grand halls showcasing the craftsmanship of the era.

  • The fort boasts four distinct forts within its complex, enclosed by a 10-km-long outer wall. 

  • This wall is dotted with 87 semicircular bastions, some still bearing cannons, and eight gateways.

  • One of the most fascinating aspects of Golconda Fort is its ingenious defense mechanisms

  • Clap cannons, strategic placement of boulders, and a unique sound transmission system through the fort's architecture are just a few examples of its defensive brilliance.

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