Qutub Shahi Tombs are magnificent monuments that are built in the memory of late kings of Golconda.This wonderful architectural excellence looks like a remembrance of the Golconda and the kings who are buried here.These tombs are maintained with gardens and are having very complicated carved stonework. It is the only place in world where entire Qutub Shahi dynasty except Abdul Hassan Tana Shah who died in Daulatabad because of imprisonment got buried here and can see many tombs.These are built by the Qutub Shahis and are known to be the oldest historical monuments in Hyderabad.
The architectural styles of the Qutub Shahi Tombs
The architectural styles of the Qutub Shahi Tombs is combination of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms, constructed in grey granite and made more attractive with stucco ornamentation. The tombs form a large collection and lie on a raised platform. The tombs are constructed on a square base rounded by pointed arches with domed structures, every tomb is quadrangular and rise from 9 to 15 meter above the terrace. There are two types of tombs, one is single stair for smaller tombs galleries and other is double stair for larger tombs galleries. The domes are decorated with blue and green tiles, but only few pieces remain for now
The Design of Qutub Shahi Tombs
Qutub Shahi Tombs is surrounded by attractive towers at the corners. These tombs are extremely beautiful and one of the biggest structure with height of 42.5 metres with a large dome and open 28.2 arches. It was judicially planned by the architect for the double terrace, rising to a height of 6 metres from the ground level. The lower one is 60.8 meters. square supported by a facade of 28 open arches on every side and the upper terrace is 38.3 metres square. The tombs were interiorly decorated with carpets, chandeliers and velvet canopies on silver poles. The group of tombs of the Golconda Sultans are truly extremely beautiful structure that is standing as a glory to them. In Qutub Shahi period, the criminals were pardoned here and used to have a great glory. After the period of Qutub Shahi, these tombs are neglected; later on Sir Salar Jung III made the tombs restored in 19th century.