VIJAYANAGARA RESEARCH PROJECT
“The city is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it, and ear of intelligence has never been informed that existed anything to equal it in the World.”
- Abdul Razaak, 1443
Vijayanagara, the “City of Victory,” was the greatest of all Hindu capitals of South India. Its impressive ruins in central Karnataka are known best as Hampi, after the name of a still populated local village. Since 1980 an international group of researchers has been documenting and interpreting the remains of Vijayanagara. The following pages describe Vijayanagara Research Project's (VRP) investigations and interpretations, while also offering essential background information on the history of the city and the empire of which it was the capital, the urban layout of the site, and the variety of its military, ceremonial, civic and religious architecture.
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