Gopuras

Gateways or gate towers of South Indian temples or temple enclosures.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
32395
Names
gopuras
gopura
gopuram Tamil (transliterated)
gopuran
gopurams Dutch

More Definitions

Monumental barrel-roofed temple gateways or gate towers of South Indian temples or temple enclosures. These evolved from the form of vimanas, but with a passageway incorporated through the center of the structure.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300266134. The J. Paul Getty Trust.