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#10 of 29 Places To Visit in Hampi
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Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka 583239, India
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about vijayanagara

A medieval metropolis laid waste by the Deccan sultans, such was the magnificence and grandeur of Vijayanagara empire that its creations outlasted the ravages of a vicious invasion and time. Translating to the 'City of Victory', while today it includes only Hampi, back in the 14th century it consisted of Kamalapura and Hospet, making it the world's largest city with a population of 500,000.

A World Heritage site today, Vijayanagara was founded by two brothers, Harihara and Bukka. With Tungabhadra river on one side, formidable mountains on the other and a landscape strewn with massive boulders, practically mini-mountains in themselves, the setting and timing was perfect for one of India's largest Hindu empires to flourish for close to 200 years before it was sent spiralling into absolute ruins by the Muslim kings of northern Deccan in the fateful invasion of 1565.

Today, Vijayanagara more or less implies modern-day Hampi. A ghost of its former self, mostly because it was never rebuilt or reoccupied, there are close to 500 ruins, mostly palaces, temples, stables, ramparts, etc scattered across the ancient city with 60 of them having been given the World Heritage status. Yet another fascinating aspect of Vijayanagara's landscape are the gigantic boulders and in fact much of the city, its temples and palaces, was carved right into them.

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