India: Treasures of the Deccan Part 2

Treasures of the Deccan: Imperial Magnificence: Hampi Vijayanagara
By Dr George Michell

As capital of the largest and wealthiest Hindu kingdom of southern India during the 14th-16th centuries, Vijayanagara was built up as a showpiece of imperial magnificence. The ruins of Hampi, the name by which the site is best known today, are among the most spectacular and extensive in all India.

The lecture explored the layout of the city and its links with local Hindu myths, and then described its surviving military, courtly and religious structures.