Fort And Gateway On The Talarigatta Road

Fort And Gateway On The Talarigatta Road

BRIEF HISTORY:This gateway through the fortification is located on the way to Talarighatta from Kamalapuram. It is mentioned as ‘Aresankara bhavi bagilu’ in an inscription. It has a north-south passage way flanked by a seven-pillared mantapa (pavilion) on each side. To the north is a small enclosure. The northern facade of the gateway which is two-storied and plastered is Islamic in style. The lower storey consists of three arched recesses in rectangular frames. The arches are in two planes and have foliage medallions in the spandrels and similar designs at the apex. The central arch is completely pierced as a large opening; on either side the arches are partly filled to create smaller arched openings.

The wall is terminated by a frieze of alternating angled and curved elements. The upper storey repeats this basic scheme at a slightly reduced scale. The central arched opening is flanked by two tiers of smaller arched recesses; the upper recesses (missing on the right) are pierced as small windows. The larger arched openings at the side have now mostly collapsed. The wall is terminated by a stepped base. The colonnade flanking the passage way is raised on a moulded basement. The pillars are provided with bases and the shafts and are crudely cut. Angled support a small upper chamber roofed with horizontal slabs.