The tomb of Nasiruddin Mahmud (Sultan Ghari); 1231 AD.

The tomb of Nasiruddin Mahmud (Sultan Ghari)

Built by Iltutmish for his eldest son Nasiruddin Mahmud, who died before him. The tomb is regarded to be the oldest Islamic Mausoleum in India. It stands alone amidst the rugged plains off the Kishangarh РMehrauli Road, near Vasant Kunj.

Adorned with corbel arches, the tomb is one of the few Islamic structures to be constructed before the arrival of the true arch in the Indian subcontinent. It has been serving as a mosque over the past centuries.

The imposing entrance archway, with the flight of steps leading up to the central court.
The imposing entrance archway, with the flight of steps leading up to the central court.
A corner turret punctured by a corbelled 'false' arch.
A corner turret punctured by a corbelled ‘false’ arch.
The central portico of the 'liwan' capped by a shallow octagonal corbelled dome.
The central portico of the ‘liwan’ capped by a shallow octagonal corbelled dome.
Having been constructed more than half a century before the arrival of the true arch in India, the tomb is adorned by corbelled openings chiselled and finished to resemble true arches.
Having been constructed more than half a century before the arrival of the true arch in India, the tomb is adorned by corbelled openings chiselled and finished to resemble true arches.
This view through the colonnade of the 'liwan' gives the structure a rather Hindu appearance, common to most early Sultanate structures.
This view through the colonnade of the ‘liwan’ gives the structure a rather Hindu appearance, common to most early Sultanate structures.
The columns of early Islamic structures in India were often reassembled from nearby demolished Hindu temples.
The columns of early Islamic structures in India were often reassembled from nearby demolished Hindu temples.

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