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Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs

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The famous historical tombs of the legendary Qutub Shahi’s are situated close to the famous Golkonda Fort (I Km), Hyderabad. These prominent tombs form a large group about more than thirty tombs, these resembles the architectural traditions of the Qutub Shahi kings. The Tombs at Ibrahim Bagh that are planned and constructed by Qutub Shahi kings are said to be the oldest historical monuments of Hyderabad. The tombs are a living testimony of Magnificence and glory of Qutub Shahi era.

The Qutub Shahi tombs are domed in structure, built on an elevated Platform and surrounded by pointed arches. The prominent tombs of Qutub Shahi’s are sub-divided into smaller tombs that are Single storey and bigger tombs that are double storied. The domes were originally built with blue and green tiles at the period of Qutub Shahi dynasty, but at present only a few pieces are in existent. The large cluster of tombs that are built on raised square displays a distinctive architecture, blend of Persian, Pathan and Indian. Qutub Shahi tombs are unique with its mesmerizing structure, carved graceful stonework and sprawling gardens, surrounding them.

During the Qutub Shahi period the tombs were furnished with carpets, Chandeliers and velvet canopies. Golden spires were laid over the top of the tombs of the kings in order to distinguish their tombs from those belonging to other members of the royal family. The tombs were neglected after Qutub Shahi reign; Sir Salar Jung III has taken the keen part in renovation of royal tombs in the early 19th century.

The tomb of sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah that is the grandest of all the royal monuments is built in 1602. The respective tomb is laid on a terrace of 65m square and 4m high and boats some inscriptions written in Persian and Naskh scripts. One can reach the tomb through the southern and the eastern gates. State Government of Andhra Pradesh conducts a \'Deccan Festival\' each year, at Qutub Shahi Tombs, where enthusiast artists will perform their talents; music, dance and arts, etc.