"Tomb of Iltutmish" Qutab Minar Tip by MM212
Qutab Minar, Delhi: 94 reviews and 282 photos
A ruined but stunning mausoleum, the Tomb of Iltutmish was built in 1235 by Shamsuddine Iltutmish himself a year before his death. He was the Sultan who had succeeded Qutb al-Din Aibak, the founder of the Islamic Delhi Sultanate. Iltutmish had enlarged the Mosque of Quwwat ul Islam in the Qutb complex and built his own mausoleum next to the enlargement. He utilised local artisans who adapted Hindu style decorative motifs into Islamic form and art to create this wonderfully carved structure, but he refrained from recycling materials from older Hindu temples. Koranic verses in Arabic script are surrounded by floral and geometric motifs. The dome of the mausoleum collapsed twice and was never rebuilt after the last time. The importance of this mausoleum lies in the fact that it is one of the earliest examples of the use of arches in domes in India, both of which were introduced to India by the Moslems and were previously unknown.
Address: Qutb Minar,Delhi-Gurgaon Rd, Mehrauli, South Delhi
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