क़ुतुब शाही मक़बरा

( Qutb Shahi tombs )

The Qutub Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh (garden precinct), close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below. The domes were originally overlaid with blue and green tiles, of which only a few pieces now remain.

The complex was put by UNESCO on its "tentative list" to become a World Heritage Site in 2014, with others in the region, under the name Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (despite there being a number of different sultanates).

During the Qutb Shahi period, these tombs were held in great veneration. In 1687, during the Siege of Golconda, the tombs were converted into barracks by the invading Mughal army, and the grounds were turned into a camp. Guns were mounted onto the mausoleums in order to bomb the fortress.[1]

The tombs fell into disrepair until Sir Salar Jung III ordered their restoration in the early 19th century. A garden was laid out, and a compound wall was built. Once again, the tomb-garden of the Qutb Shahi family became a place of serene beauty. All except the last of the Qutb Shahi sultans lie buried here.

21st century restoration

The Telangana State Archaeology and Museums Department, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, has restored the tombs. The restoration of the stepwells within the complex was funded by the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.[2] The restoration work started in 2013,[3][4] and was unveiled by the U.S. Ambassador to India on 10 March 2020.[5] While restoration work paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic, work has now continued at a slower rate.[6]

^ Campbell, A. C. (1898). Glimpses of the Nizams Dominions. p. 252. ^ Chronicle, Deccan (15 September 2022). "Restoration of Qutb Shahi Heritage Park 'thrills' US Consul Larson". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 11 November 2022. ^ Nanisetti, Serish (7 February 2018). "Resurrected monuments at Qutb Shahi tombs set to be thrown open in March". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 5 January 2019. ^ Cite error: The named reference :0 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ AuthorTelanganaToday. "US Ambassador unveils refurbished tombs in Hyderabad". Telangana Today. Retrieved 10 March 2020. ^ "Qutb Shahi Tomb Complex restoration hit by pandemic; picking up again". The Siasat Daily. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
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