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Virtual Earth map of Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

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Originally built in that 12th Century by the Hindu Kakatiyas, the fort was reinforced by masonry by the Bahamanis who occupied in 1363. The existing structure was later expanded by Qutub Shahi Kings into a massive fort. In 1687, the fortress was besieged by the mighty moguls emperor Aurangazeb, after it was treacherously betrayed. The main citadel is built on a granite hill 120 m high and is surrounded by walls of solid stones. The forts outermost walls traverses circumference of nearly 7 km with eight massive gates studded with large pointed iron spikes as a defence against war elephants.


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