Later it was ruled by Qutb Shahis, Mughal Empire (between 16), Nizam (1724–1757) and France (1757–1765) before being captured by the British in 1765.European powers eventually set up trading interests in the city and Visakhapatnam came under French rule at the end of the 18th century.The local belief behind the name of the city states, there was a king of 4th century, who on his pilgrimage halted at Lawson's Bay and built a temple dedicated to Vaisakha, which was submerged under the sea, but the name of the temple was got to the settlement. She carries messages between Radha and Krishna and is the most expert gopi messenger.Other such names are, Kulotungapatnam, named by a Chola King, Kulotuna-I; Ishakapatnam, based on a Muslim Saint, Syed Ali Medina (Ishak Medina). and the city finds mention in ancient texts such as the 4th century B. Local residents believe that an Andhra king built a temple to pay homage to his family deity Viśakha.
The complex is known for its monolithic stupas, rock-cut caves and brick structures.
The primary stupa was initially carved out of rock and covered with bricks.
Excavations yielded historic pottery and Satavahana coins from the first century AD.
Visakhapatnam is surrounded by ancient Buddhist sites, most of which have been excavated recently and illustrate the legacy of Buddhism in the region.
Pavurallakonda ("pigeon hill") is a hillock west of Bhimli, about 24 km (15 mi) from Visakhapatnam.
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The British captured Visakhapatnam after the 1804 Battle of Vizagapatam and it remained under British colonial rule until India's independence in 1947 which was a part of the Northern Circars.