The massive Queen’s Bath at Hampi, India, is a tribute to the architectural prowess of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is located close to the Royal Enclosure of Hampi.
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The Queen’s Bath, which was constructed during the era of the Vijayanagara Empire, continues to be an awe-inspiring sight for visitors to this day.
The Queen’s Bath at Hampi has a brief historical background.
Achyuta Raya is credited with constructing the Queen’s Bath for the use of the royal women of Vijayanagara. Despite its name, the Queen’s Bath was most likely utilized as a private bath by the royal ladies. The opulent bath was likewise considered to be a regal amenity by many.
The bath is a rectangle structure with a square roof. Spread over an area of 30 sq. m., the bath is in the center of the main structure. The royal used to pass through beautiful arched passageways with pillared entrances, before entering the beautifully decorated the bath area.
Access to the bath is provided by a flight of stone steps.
In order to supply water to the city’s numerous constructions, Hampi developed an extensive system of aqueducts that was in use for hundreds of years.
A network of canals connects the Royal Bath with other constructions, supplying them with water from the river.
In order to keep unwanted people out of the bathhouse, a moat was constructed around the perimeter. A bridge spans the moat surrounding the building, enabling the secured entrance.
The Queen’s Bath at Hampi is currently in poor state, the inner walls turned lack luster with no repairs. The edifice has begun to fade, You can see pillar sockets on the floor, including one at the corner. Many believe that these supported a canopy but it was sadly destroyed by the Mughal invasion of Hampi in 1526.
An alleged fire tore through the canopy, which was constructed of wood. Unfortunately, the canopy was not restored or repaired.