Tipu also built a summer palace close to the fort. The palace is a compact structure and it was built entirely on teak wood and the interiors mark the elegance of Islamic architecture. The Palace stood at the centre of the Fort and to imagine those days, the vibrant city was built within the fort premises which was the heart of politics.
|Tipu Summer Palace|
Tipu Sultan stored a large chunk of his weapons in the armoury near Kalasipalya area. The armoury has been recently identified as a heritage structure and has been taken over by the ASI. The Bangalore Medical College, one of India’s premier institutes, is also located near the fort. Kalasipalya also has city’s one of the main bus stands which caters to local and interstate transportation. Albert Victor Road, connecting Kalasipalya and Chamrajpet, is Bangalore’s first road to have been built. This road has been renamed to Alur Venkata Road, however, locals prefer to call it as AV Road. On the fort walls, there is a plaque installed by the British pointing the location from where the fort was attacked.
|Fort High school|
Victoria Hospital: The British built the Victoria Hospital (now renamed as Vani Vilas Hospital) in 1900 after the outbreak of plague in 1898. The hospital was inaugurated by Lord Curzon and is one of the best Government Hospitals in the city.
City Market: City Market or KR Market is the first place in Asia to get electricity and also to get the first flyover in Bangalore which starts near Byatarayanapura on Mysore Road and connects to City Market near NR Square.
|Old Market gate|
Dargah Hazrath Mir Bahadur Shah Al-Maroof Syed Pasha Shaheed: The 1791 Third Anglo-Mysore war saw the British army led by Lord Cornwallis attack Tipu’s Fort at midnight, killing soldiers during the siege. In the midst of the drama, Bahadur Khan kept the British army busy by not giving up the fight despite being stabbed several times. Even the British couldn’t resist praising Bahadur Shah for his bravery and handed over his body to the locals to give him a befitting funeral.
|Bahadur Khan Tomb|
Jumma Masjid: Arguably the most beautiful of all mosques in Bangalore, the structure was designed by Rayyaz Asifuddin of Hyderabad and the foundation stone was laid by Sir Mirza Ismail in 1940.The building exteriors are built of marble from Rajasthan. The mosque is said to be dedicated to Tipu Sultan.
Kote Jalakantheshwara temple: Located opposite to the Kalasipalayam Bus stand, is the old temple of Jalakantheshwara. The temple, believed to be initially built by the Cholas, was later renovated by Kempegowda in the 17th century. The temple is visited by many devotees from across the city and state seeking blessings. A short walk from this temple takes us to the Kote Anjaneyaswamy temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, also believed to have been built by Kempegowda.
|Kote Jalakantheshwara temple|
|Kote Anjaneyaswamy temple|
Doddanna Hall and Bangalore’s first cinema: Talking about the story of Bangalore, one cannot forget the contribution of Janopkari Sri Doddanna Shetty, who established SLN charities, aimed at providing basic educational facilitates in the city. He was awarded the title ‘Janopkari’ by the Maharaja of Mysore, Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar in 1907 and was also offered around 5 acres of land opposite Tipu Sultan’s fort. Also an important contribution by Doddanna is the Doddanna Hall, initially built for organizing cultural activities, and later went on to build Bangalore’s first cinema hall, which was later converted into Paramount Talkies, and the first talkie to be screened was Sati Sulochana in 1934.
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