Friday, March 4, 2016

Hanging Out in Hyderabad - Qutb Shahi Tombs

After spending time at the Fort, we took a short ride out to the Qutb Shahi Tombs.  There are 72 monuments in this heritage park, which are now being renovated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture - this renovation is expected to take around 10 years.  

The tombs are domed structures that are built on a square raised platform.  The architectural style is a blend of Persian, Pashtun and Hindu, with intricately carved stonework.  At one time the tombs were furnished with carpets, chandeliers and velvet canopies.  Copies of the Koran were kept on pedestals and readers recited verses at regular intervals.  Golden spires were fitted over the tombs of the sultans to distinguish them from those of other royals.

The restoration work so far has removed modern material like cement, and the original features are being restored with traditional materials.  Some of the Persian tiles have been revealed as part of this process.  

Tomb of Sultan Quli Qutb Shah

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