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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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 – Mehrauli Road, near Vasant Kunj.

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