In its heyday, Hampi was considered one of the most privileged, beautiful and wealthy of cities, representing a highly evolved multi-religious and multi-ethnic society. Building activity continued over a period of 200 years reflecting the evolution in the religious and political scenario as well as the advancements in art and architecture.
The sophistication of the varied urban, royal and sacred systems is evident from the more than 1600 surviving remains that include forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, gateways, defence check posts, stables, water structures, and agoras.