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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the state of Karnataka. It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital in the 14th century and contains numerous ruined palace and temple complexes. The Vijayanagara Empire won the admiration of travelers between the 14th and 16th centuries, and chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, tell us that Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River. There is evidence of all of this in the remains of numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world’s second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing. On the south bank of the River Tungabhadra is the 7th-century Hindu Virupaksha Temple, near the revived Hampi Bazaar. The iconic Vittala temple complex showcases remarkable stone structures such as the incomparable stone chariot and the fascinating musical pillars. Conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565, the city was pillaged over a period of six months before being abandoned.