Sunday, October 7, 2007

Qutub Shahi Tombs

The Qutub Shahi tombs are located near Golconda Fort. The rulers of Qutub Shahi dynasty who ruled Golconda for 170 years starting in the 16th century are buried in these tombs. Arches, domes and minarets characterize these tombs. Each tomb has a crypt below and a sarcophagus crowning the burial vault. Some of the vegetable based colors can still be seen today. However, the tombs have fallen into disrepair as are many, if not most, of India's historic monuments. The rulers were Shia muslims and Iranian scholars have offered assistance in restoring the tombs.

"While man is growing, life is in decrease;
And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun."
Edward Young
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Kumudha said...

Wonderful pictures of historic places.

Thank you!

Neva said...

I love your quotes.....particularly the one you left on my blog!! so appropriate!