Tombs of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty, Golkonda

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View of the funerary complex containing the tombs and mosques built by the kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty in Hyderabad. Quadrangular mausoleums surrounded by arched galleries and crowned by domes can be seen scattered across the open landscape while the Great Mosque is partially visible on the right-hand side. The author further informs us as follows:

The most ancient of these tombs is the mausoleum of the founder, Quli Qutb; which was built above 300 years ago—the remainder being erected at intervals during about 150 years subsequently, which gives the date of the last erection. The tombs of the kings are spread over a wide plain on the north side of the city, about 600 yards from the fort; and many of them still present very splendid specimens of the Saracenic style of architecture that has since spread over the civilised world, and effected so much for the ornamentation of the great cites of Europe.

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