Late Mughal Residences (17th – 18th centuries)

Elegant arches adorn the transitions between interior and exterior spaces.
Elegant arches adorn the transitions between interior and exterior spaces.

Situated to the East of the tomb of Nasiruddin Mahmud (Sultan Ghari), off the Mehrauli Mahipalpur Road, the ruins of these residences date back to the late Mughal period of the 17th – 18th centuries, thus making them the oldest surviving specimens of residential architecture in Delhi.

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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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