Historical Monuments of Hyderabad

Pride of Hyderabad City




Historical Monuments of Hyderabad are famous for their splendid architecture. Many magnificent monuments are situated in old city of Hyderabad and few of them are in and around Hyderabad city.

These beautiful structures were built by Kings of Quli Qutb Shah dynasty, Rulers of Asaf Jah dynasty and also by Royal Families of Hyderabad city.

Few monuments are more than 400 years old and still standing tall with open arms to welcome you to explore their beauty and architecture.

I bet you that you will go crazy and will definitely want to have a dream house like Chowmahalla Palace, Falaknuma Palace or Malwala Palace of Hyderabad. Once you visit these palaces you will surely remember my words, because these palaces are regarded as most magnificent palaces in world.

So come and explore beautiful historical monuments of Hyderabad !

Tomb of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah
Tomb of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah
Located near Golconda Fort

These historical monuments of Hyderabad were homes, guesthouses and meeting places of Hyderabad rulers and noble families. Now they have been converted into Hotels, Court, Hospitals, Assembly, Museums and picnic spots.

I love visiting these monuments as they remind me of great rulers of Hyderabad city and Golconda kingdom. My eyes always get stuck on the architectural work of these palaces and monuments.

Video of Charminar

Video of Qutb Shahi Tombs

Tomb of Fatima Sultana

Video of Golconda Fort

Weather & Ignorace...

Many monuments got damaged by bad weather. Few of them are in pathetic condition due to ignorance of state government and archaeological department.

If the state government and archaeological department won’t take necessary steps to save these monuments then after few years these monuments may not exist and will be seen only in books.

I feel very bad when I see people writing names and drawing signs on monument walls. We should avoid writing on these marvelous monuments. We must praise the architectural design work of these magnificent palaces which are the pride of Hyderabad, India.

Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace
Located near Charminar

Planning to Visit ?

Start early if you are planning to see them, as few monuments will take your full day to explore. Few of them are closed on Fridays and Mondays, so it will be better to contact their respective office before planning to visit.

Below you will find brief description on each historical monuments of Hyderabad city.


Historical Monuments of Hyderabad

Qutb Shahi Period

Qutb Shahi Tombs (Seven Tombs)

Nowhere in the world are there so many tombs in one place as here. You will find more than 20 tombs at one place, these tombs are famous as 'Seven Tombs'. These tombs erected in memory of the departed kings of Golconda are truly magnificent monuments that have stood the test of time and the vagaries of nature. These imposing marvels of architectural excellence stand as solemn reminders of the grandeur and glory of Golconda and the great kings who are buried here. These tombs mark a unique architectural style which is a mixture of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms. The arcades on all the sides and the pointed arches add to their beauty and grace. Situated 1 kilometre away from Golconda fort.
Image Gallery of Qutb Shahi Tombs (Seven Tombs)

Golconda Fort or Golkonda Fort

I highly recommend you to visit Golconda fort. Some historians claim that Golconda Fort is about 2000 years old. Golconda kings spent millions of rupees upon the fort for the command of the Deccan. Golconda fort is on an isolated granite hill and rises in splendour about 400 feet above surrounding plain. The walls and bastions were built of large blocks of masonry, some of them weighing several tons. There are eight darwazas or gates in the outer wall. The gates were studded with iron spikes and various other devices which were intended to prevent elephants from charging at them. Within the walls of the fort, scattered in all directions, are a number of old buildings, mosques and places of historical and architectural interest.
Image Gallery of Golconda Fort

Charminar

I refer Charminar as a logo of Hyderabad city. Charminar, the edifice of the four minarets, is the legendary masterpiece of Qutb Shahis. The awesome rectangular structure was built upon four grand arches by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1590-91. Charminar is situated in the old city of Hyderabad and is surrounded by hundreds of shops. Lad bazaar the famous shopping place, Mecca Masjid, Chowmahallah palace and other popular monuments are just few distance away from Charminar. You have to face huge traffic on your way to reach Charminar from new city. Charminar today is synonymous with Hyderabad’s old-world charm and beauty and connotes Qutb Shahi grandeur to tourists with its spiral stairways. You can go on top of the Charminar to view complete old city of Hyderabad.
Image Gallery of Charminar

Taramati Baradari

About a mile from the Golconda Fort, on the road to Osman Sagar stands a unique structure on a rugged hillock. Double-storeyed and square shaped, with strong arches on all sides, Taramati's Baradari stands in splendid isolation on its raised terrace. Once upon a time, during the Qutb Shahi days, this stately pavilion used to reverberate with music and dance whenever Taramati entertained. This beautiful courtesan was an accomplished singer and musician. Popular lore has it that Taramati, on moonlit nights, used to dance on a tightrope that extended from her pavilion all the way to the Golconda Fort. You can still see the beautiful mausoleum of Taramati at Ibrahim Bagh in the royal cemetery. On the opposite side of the road stands the Mosque of Pemamati, another royal courtesan of the same time.
Image Gallery of Taramati Baradari

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid is the biggest mosque in Hyderabad and located just 100 yards south-west of Charminar. The construction of the Mecca Masjid was begun by Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah. Nearly 8000 masons and labourers worked on it. The construction work continued during the reigns of Abdullah Qutb Shah and Abul Hasan Tana Shah. Finally 77 years after it was begun, Mecca Masjid was completed in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The name Mecca Masjid is derived from the Grand Mosque at Mecca in Saudi Arabia on which it is patterned.
Image Gallery of Mecca Masjid


Historical Monuments of Hyderabad

Asaf Jahi (Nizams) Period

Chowmahalla Palace

This is my favourite palace in Hyderabad city. I highly recommend you to visit this magnificent palace located near Lad Bazar in old city. Chowmahalla palace consists of a group of palaces built by successive Nizams. Each palace was used for a specific purpose. Chowmahalla palace was built in 1750 by the Nizam Salabat Jung. Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. The palace is a copy of the Shah’s palace at Tehran, although considerably finer in architectural construction than the latter. The total area of this complex of palaces is 2,90,000 square yards.
Image Gallery of Chowmahalla Palace

Falaknuma Palace

What can I say about this palace? Every word and praise is small in front of this most marvelous & magnificent palace. Falaknuma palace is regarded as one of the most magnificent palaces in India. Falaknuma palace is situated on a hill 2000 feet high, towards the south, about 5 km from Charminar. Falaknuma palace was built by Nawab Viquar-ul-Umara, the fifth Ameer of the Paigah, in the late 19th century. The palace was designed by an Italian architect and the marble used in the palace was imported from Italy. Falaknuma palace has priceless collections of paintings, statues and English furniture.

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