Tomb of Ghiyas ud din Balban

A 'true arch' spanning the main entrance to the tomb.
A ‘true arch’ spanning the main entrance to the tomb.

The Tomb of Ghiyas ud din Balban (1287 AD), situated within what is now known as the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, occupies a position of immense importance in the evolution of architecture in India. It was in this structure, that for the first time, true arches were employed in the spanning of openings. All Islamic buildings built before this tomb contain ‘false’ corbeled arches

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Tomb of Mubarak Shah Sayyid

Tomb of Mubarak Shah Sayyid
Tomb of Mubarak Shah Sayyid

The tomb of Mubarak Shah (died 1434) is situated within Kotla Mubarakpur, at the heart of the modern day New Delhi South Extension I. The structure is one of the early tombs to be modelled on the typical octagonal style that rose to prominence during this period.

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Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq

The Tomb.
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Built during the years 1320-25, the tomb of Ghiyas ud din Tughlaq, the first ruler of the Tughlaq dynasty, stands like a small fortress off the Mehrauli – Badarpur road, directly opposite the Tughlaqabad fort. The tomb was built by the Sultan himself, and is a brilliant example of the early Indo – Islamic style. The structure sits within a fortified pentagonal enclosure, with the heavily battered walls and corner turrets characteristic of Tughlaq era buildings. The tomb itself is square in plan, with it’s walls battered upwards and crowned by a dome.

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