Elephant stables, close-up view

One among the few least destroyed structures in Hampi, Elephant Stables is a major tourist attraction. This long building with a row of domed chambers was used for the royal elephants. There are eleven domed tall chambers; some of them are interconnected. The center one is specially decorated and big. Probably the musicians and the associated band troupes had been using this during ceremonies involving elephant processions.

The whole building looks symmetric with respect to this central hall. The tower of the central hall resembles (though mostly destroyed) more like that of temples. However the five pairs of domes on either side are of Islamic in style. They are better preserved and of alternating patterns.

Elephant stables, close-up view