Places in Hampi - Stage 2 Continued..
King's Audience Hall
KING'S AUDIENCE-HALL-This large structure is about 137 metres to the west of Mahanavami-dibba. 'Abou'r-Razzaq states that it was the loftiest building in the Citadel. Vestiges of pillar-sockets and bases show that it was originally a hall of hundred wooden pillars.
This underground chamber is adjacent to the Royal palace. The King discussed most important issues and held secret parleys with his ministers and other important persons in this chamber. It was a narrow passage that led to the chamber.
The Stepped tank is the small but neat tank is about 22 square meters and about 7 meters deep. It has five distinct tiers, each fitted with steps set in a pleasing pattern. This tank was discovered during the recent excavations.
This pyramidal, three tired stone platform, rising to a height of 8 meters is located to the northeast of the royal enclosure it was one of the most important ceremonial structures of royal use, built with granite and subsequently encased in sculptured stone. It is dated to circa 16th century AD.
Queen's Bath, located in Royal Enclosure, is a rectangular building with the long veranda inside approaching a square tank of 1.8 metres depth from all sides. This is considered as the Royal bath, where the king and his wives had their baths. It's believed that water in the tank was filled with perfumes and fragrance flowers for the royal family.