Thursday, 29 June 2017

ZANANA ENCLOSURE & ELEPHANT STABLE – HAMPI RUINS, A HERITAGE VISIT

..... a continuation post to Royal Enclosure & Mahanavami Dibba 
19th June 2017.
ZANANA ENCLOSURE
Zanana enclosure is a structural complex with tall enclosure walls on four sides at entrances at northeast and north. This enclosure has at present structures identified as  a rectangular treasury facing east an terraced building identified as Queens residence facing north and Jal mahal facing east. To the east of Jal mahal is the most popular two storied Lotus Mahal. To the north of Lotus Mahal  is a tank. The enclosure has watch towers at east, South east and north. The structures of the Zanana enclosure  are indo Islamic Style of architecture.  The structures in this Complex are judicially spaced exemplifying manifestations of Vijayanagara Secular architecture.

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Queens palace basement

 Zanana enclosure

 Lotus Mahal 

 Lotus Mahal 

 Lotus Mahal 

 Watch tower

 Watch tower

A relief on the wall

ELEPHANT STABLE
This magnificent 15th century domed and long rectangular structure, built in the indo-Islamic style of architecture is considered to be the stable for the state elephants. Facing west it has eleven ;arge domed chambers interconnected with large arched openings. There are shallow niches and doorways in the walls between the arches. The remnants of a structure near the central dome suggest a pillared pavilion on top.

The domes are of various type, such as circular, Octagonal, ribbed and fluted in design and are symmetrically laid out. There are remnants of ornate stucco and plaster ornamentation on both the exterior and interior, which was part of the architecture and design of the building.

There is an access to the roof from concealed staircase through a niche by the side of the central chamber.

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Guards quarters now functions as museum 
... to be continued HazaaraRama Temple 

---OM SHIVAYA NAMA---

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