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Discovering Medak

by on November 22, 2010

Medak FortLocated about 100 kilometers north-west from the Hyderabad city is a town of Medak, steeped in history and ancient charm. Originally known as Siddapuram and later as Gulshanabad, Medak attained immense strategic importance under Kakatiya reign between 1083 and 1323. Today, the town is known for its architectural marvels like ancient fort and a relatively modern Medak Church, the fienst examples of Gothic styled architecture.

The Medak Fort, referred as Kila by the locals, is a fortress built on a small hillock. The fort served as a vantage point for the Kakatiyan kings. It was built somewhere in 12th century during the rule of the Kakatiyan monarch, Prataparudra II.

The fort boasts about its amazing architectural inheritance. Originally, it was built as per typical Hindu style; however, some modifications and additions were done by the Qutub Shahis, thereby, adding Muslim glimpses to it. Just a little above it, there’s mosque built during the regime of Qutub Shahi. The views and landscapes are simply breathtaking from this point. The roofs of most of the houses here are tiled. It also has several lakes and water bodies around it. Farmers winnowing the yields can be seen during harvest times.

To make it more impressive and stunning is the absence of tourists. The ruins, with stoned walls and wild vegetation growing all over, it truly gives that mystical look to the town.

Medak is also home to largest Catholic diocese in Asia and 2nd largest in world just after Vatican. The Medak Cathedral’s towers are nearly 173 feet in height and this striking landmark is one of the finest example Gothic architecture in the country.

Built out of white granite, with floors made with Italian tiles and stained glass windows, the magnificent Gothic styled structure can accommodate about five thousand people at one time.

A road trip to this scenic town Medak will surely charm you with it plethora of landscapes and culture that alters gradually, highlighting the pleasure of journey and destination.


From → destination, history

One Comment
  1. Srinivas permalink

    Is it near by Golkunda..

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