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Monuments and historical places
30 - 45 Min
The Elephant Stable in Hampi is an impressive structure were built in the 15th century and are constructed in the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Elephant Stable is a major tourist attraction in Hampi that was used to provide shelter for the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire. That was used to provide shelter for the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire. the elephant stables structure is an oblong construction running to 85 meters from south to north and its depth is 9 meters. There are eleven such domed chambers and these are interconnected with large arched openings. The center one is specially decorated and big. The intricate design and emphasis on little details indicate the importance that was attached to the royal elephants of the empire. This long structure is made of a series of chambers with domical roofs. Each chamber is big enough to accommodate two elephants. The elephants were tied to the chairs hanging from the center of the ceiling as can be made out from the iron hooks embedded in some of the ceilings. Apart from the royal elephants, temples also had elephants of their own to perform various pujas. One such elephant can still be seen in Hampi.