Hyderabad, India (CNN)One after the next, they rise towards the sky in a sprawling green space on the edge of Hyderabad.
Etched with Islamic phrases and embellished by concentric patterns, archways, domes and halls, they’re magnificent in their design and stature, eerie in their function and lonesome location.
Qutb Shahi Heritage Park – The monuments of the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park are the resting places of the fearsome Qutb Shahi family, which ruled the Hyderabad region of southern India for 169 years in the 16th and 17th centuries.
These monuments are the resting places of the fearsome Qutb Shahi family, which ruled the Golconda Kingdom in southern India’s Hyderabad region for 169 years in the 16th and 17th centuries.
But as the Qutb Shahi dynasty receded into history, their tombs were neglected, becoming dusty and decayed.
The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, made up of 75 monuments spread across 108 acres, is being rejuvenated as part of a 10-year project aimed at restoring its grandeur.
The organization tasked with leading this project, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, describes the tombs as one of India’s most significant Islamic historical sites.
While in the past the tombs were not a major tourist attraction, Trust spokeswoman Archana Saad Akhtar tells CNN they expect visitor numbers to increase tenfold after the restoration is complete.
The granite tombs fuse elements of Persian, Hindu and Pathan design.
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Qutb Shahi Heritage Park – 2015 Annual Report — AKDN Org
Qutb Shahi Heritage Park is listed on the tentative World Heritage List. Major conservation and landscape restoration works will be undertaken from 2013-23 to ensure long term preservation and enhance the visitor experience of this site of international significance.
The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, including the Deccan Park area, is one of the most significant historic medieval necropolises anywhere in the world, comprising over 70 structures mausoleums, mosques, step-wells/ water structures, a hamaam, pavilions, garden structures – all built during the reign of the Qutb Shahi dynasty which ruled the Hyderabad region for 169 years in the 16th – 17th centuries.
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