Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Godwa I, a chieftain of the Vijayanagar Empire, in the year 1537. The fort was further expanded by Emperor Tipu Sultan. Over the years, the fort came under the control of the Sultan of Bijapur, Mughals and Wodeyars of Mysore. This ancient monument has a peculiarly oval shape. One of the most distinct features of the fort is a tall gate right outside of the fort, which is adorned by three massive iron knobs. Visitors can also see a massive gate with iron spikes on the upper half of the door. Among the several access gates, the one which is used nowadays is known as the Delhi Gate, which is decorated with fine Persian friezes on the inner and outer walls. The gate also depicts Karnataka architecture with beautiful carvings of Peacocks, Lotus and Elephants as well as half-elephant and half-bird motifs. The fort is shielded by thick walls, with visible marks of the damage caused by Lord Cornwallis and his army's attempt to capture the fort. Within the walls of the fort is a Ganapathi Temple, which was constructed in the 16th century.
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