Queen's Bath

#15 of 21 things to do in Hampi

Located close to the entrance of Royal Enclosure, the Queen's bath personifies the class and elegance of the Royal lifestyle of the Vijayanagar Empire through its architecture. It is believed that it was commissioned by Achyuta Raya for the women of the Royal family. The structure contradicts both in the interior as well as exterior. The interior is ornate and elaborate that stands as a contrast to the simple treatment of the exterior. Covering an area up to 30-meter square, the Queen's bath is sunken and surrounded by arched corridors that buffer the interior and the open to sky bath area. Each arch of the corridor forms bays that are treated exquisitely with stucco ornamentation and ceilings. 

Hampi is famed for the organized planning and its well-connected aqueducts that provide water to buildings, tanks, and baths. The Queen's bath is one such facility that stands as a testament to the crude planning and efficient use of these aqueducts. The Queen's bath is surrounded by moats that can be crossed over by a bridge. It is believed that the moat was constructed to ensure security and privacy of the bath when in use. Today, the Queen's bath stands as a shadow of its past with walls that have lost its character and the entire structure destroyed when the Mughals attacked the Vijayanagara Empire.

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Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip
Queen's Bath  trip