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Monuments of Hyderabad

S.No Name of the Monument Village Mandal Period
1 Mecca Masjid Charminar Charminar 17th C.A.D

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid is located southwest of Charminar in old city of Hyderabad. The construction of Mecca Masjid was started by Mohammad Qutb Shah (1611-26A.D.) of Golconda in 1617 A.D. but was reportedly completed by Aurangzeb in 1693 A.D. This is the principal mosque in Hyderabad city with the typical representation of florid Qutb Shahi architecture.

The main hall of the mosque measures 75 feet in height, 220 feet in width and 180 feet in length while fifteen arches support the roof of the main hall, five on each of the three sides. A wall rises on the fourth side to provide Mehrab. It accommodates more than ten thousand individuals to offer prayers. The mosque is one of the largest in India, which also holds a prominent relic of Prophet Muhammad.

The main structure of the mosque is sandwiched between two massive octagonal columns made out of a single piece of granite. The four sides of the roof of the main mosque and the ramparts are made of granite planks in the shape of inverted conches.

The mosque is held in great reverence across the Islamic world since it is believed that some of the bricks on an arch to its northern side are made of earth brought from Holy Mecca in Arabia.

How to reach

Mecca Masjid is located very close to Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

2 Badshahi Ashurkhana Pattargatti Charminar 16-17th C.A.D

Badshahi AshurKhana

It is an important Islamic holy and religious place located near Charminar, constructed by Sultan Quli Qutb Shah in the year 1594 A.D. in order to keep the Alams or banners of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, Imam Alu. It is one of the earliest buildings in Hyderabad and considered to be among the oldest Imambaras in India. Timber colonnades in facade were the latest additions made during the period of 2nd Nizam in 1802 A.D.

This building is famous for the enamel tiled mosaics in Persian style which are comparable to those in Lahore and Multan (Pakistan). The artistic tile work on the walls was completed in the guardant regime of Abdullah Qutub Shah. The building is a unique model of Islamic Calligraphy and Art. The other religious structures located in the premises are Naubath Khana, Niyaz Khana, Abdar Khana in the Court Yard.

How to reach

Badshahi Ashur Khana is at located very close to Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

3 Old Gate of Dabirpura Dabirpura Charminar 16-17th C.A.D

Old gate of Dabirpura

The Dabirpura Gate was built between 1724 and 1740 A.D. during Qutb Shahi period. The gate has a pointed arch and is flanked by two bastions.

The wooden door of the gateway still survives with both its panels. This is a landmark structure in Dabirpura locality of Hyderabad’s old city. Such gates were a common feature during the rule of dynasties that marks their valour and conquest.

How to reach

Dabirpura is located at distance of nearly 2 km from Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

4 Musheerabad Mosque Musheerabad Musheerabad 1626-72 A.D

Musheerabad Mosque

This Mosque is located in Musheerabad locality of Secunderabad. This mosque was built during 1626-1672 by the Qutb Shahi King, Abdullah Qutb Shah.

The entrance to this mosque is from the main gate, which has three pointed arches. The mosque has courtyard with three gateways. People from the locality offer prayers at this historic mosque which is one of invaluable structures, built by Hyderabad’s erstwhile dynasty rulers.

The mosque has spacious interiors and small fountain for ablutions before prayers and has an extensive courtyard which offers good ventilation, one more important feature of historic structures.

How to reach

Musheerabad is located at a distance of nearly 3 km from Secunderabad railway station and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

5 Toli Masjid Karwan Golkonda 1626-72 A.D

Toli Masjid

Toli Masjid is located in one of Hyderabad’s oldest and historically significant localities, Karwan. Toli Masjid was built in the later part of Qutub Shahi period during the reign of Abdullah Qutub Shah by Musa Khan. He held the office of Mohalladar for Lord Chamberlain and was also a general in times of war.

The mosque is on a raised platform. It has a series of steps on the east, north and south. The prayer hall of the mosque is located to the west of the courtyard. The Masjid is decorated with beautiful stuccowork. On the south east of the courtyard, there is a tomb of Musa Khan. The mosque is also a prominent landmark of this region owing to its location close to the road and is one of the major landmarks in Karwan region of old city.

How to reach

Karwan is located at distance of nearly 4.5 km from Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

6 Gunfoundry Gunfoundry Nampally 18th C.A.D.

Gunfoundry

It is located in Abids, in a lane opposite to Mahboobia Girls College. The Gunfoundry was built in the year 1795 during the Asaf Jahi period by a renowned French Engineer Monsieur Raymond who had established a cannon-manufacturing factory. The remains of the foundry are in the form of massive brick walls and cubicles which are supported by brick and mortar arches at ground level, and consists of brick kiln-like spaces underneath.

The name of this region of Hyderabad, Gunfoundry has been derived from this iconic structure which has existed for more than 200 years and is one of the landmarks structures built during the rule of the Nizams of Hyderabad state. It is still intact to this day amid the commercial establishments of Abids region and is a reminder of the rich past of Hyderabad city with its garrisons and military might.

How to reach

Gunfoundry is located in the heart of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

7 Khazana Building Golkonda Golkonda 17th C.A.D.

Khazana Building

Khazana Building was the place where the kingdoms khajana or treasure was stored. It was the treasury of Ibrahim Qutb Shahi. Khazana Building is located close to the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. Located on the main road, on the way from Fateh Darwaza to Bala Hissar road, the building is also known as Khazana Building Museum.. As with most Islamic buildings, there are religious centres inside the complex- Ashrafi Mosque in the eastern quarters of the building and Chani Mosque (built during Ibrahim Qutb Shahi time, 1550 AD – 1580 AD), the smaller mosque of the two.

Khazana Building has a majestic central arch, on the sides of which are two halls. The arch supports the roofs of these halls. The halls had a special purpose too, these were storehouses of the royal treasury of the army and government of Qutb Shahi. The central arch leads to the Courtyard and the gardens. Today, there are Canons from the Qutb Shahi Period on display, here. Also, stone sculptures from neighboring regions, of the Chalukya and Kakatiya period as well as Qutb Shahi and Bahmani dynasties are on exhibition.

When the Nizams were replaced by the democratic government, in 1948, the ownership of Khazana Buildings was passed on to the Indian Government. It was then allocated to the Indian Military to use this building to distribute the salary to its staff. At that time, an addition was made to the complex, a gabled section was constructed in the courtyard. During 1951-1952, the Khazana Building Museum was passed to the Department of Archeology and Museums. This was when the Khazana Building was declared as a Heritage Building.

How to reach

Khazana Building is accessible by road, owing to its location near Golconda fort and is situated approximately, 6 km from Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

8 Shamsheer Kota GolKonda Golkonda 17th C.A.D.

Shamsheer Kota

There are many historic monuments close to the Golconda fort of Hyderabad and one of them is Shamsheer Kota monument which is located close to the Khazana Building on the main road from the Fateh Darwaza to Bala Hissar road.

There are a series of rooms and Masjid constructed in Qutub Shahi style. There is also a large stone cannon on display here that reflects the glory of historic era of Qutub Shahis who had ruled this region for nearly 200 years.

Although the external structures are in a dilapidated state, the inner walls, courtyards and exterior spaces are still intact with dense vegetation in between them.

How to reach

Shamsheer Kota is at distance of nearly 10 km from the centre of Hyderabad city near Golconda and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

9 Qutub Shahi Tombs Shaikpet Shaikpet 16th -17th C.A.D

Qutb Shahi Tombs Complex

Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in Shaikpet village and mandal, Hyderabad district. The Qutb Shahi Tombs are the Tombs of Qutb Shahi Kings, their Queens, family members and other very important persons like Hakeems (Royal Physicians). The most spectacular tomb belongs to Mohammad Qutb Shah, the Fifth ruler (1612-1626) of the dynasty.

The height of the basements of the Tombs varies from Tomb to Tomb. The architectural pattern of the domes, decoration of the external walls, the tile work, the façade work, the stucco work vary from Tomb to Tomb. Apart from this, there are gardens, water channels meant for supplying of water to the fountains.

The Qutb Shahi dynasty (1518-1687 A.D.) founded by Sultan Quli Qutb Shah in 1518 A.D., ruled for a period of 170 years in Deccan region. The Qutb Shahi rulers were great builders and patrons of learning. The tombs lie approximately one kilometer to the north of Golkonda's outer wall. These are the symbols of the architectural expertise of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.

The complex has a total of 23 mosques, 40 mausoleums, six 'baolis' (step-wells), a 'hamam' (for mortuary bath), pavilions and garden structures. The monuments in this complex are a blend of Persian, Pathan and Hindu architectural styles which were built with local granite and traditional materials. The tombs are known for their rich heritage, historical and architectural value.

How to reach

Qutb Shahi Tombs is accessible by road due to its location near Golconda fort and is at a distance of approximately 6 km from Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

10 Taramati Baradari And Premamati Golkonda Golkonda 17th C.A.D

Taramati Baradari and Premamati Mosque , Golkonda(Mohmmad nagar)

Taramati Baradari is a historical sarai of Hyderabad close to Ibrahim Bagh, a Persian style garden that was constructed during the reign of the Sultan of Golconda, Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah,. The Baradari was constructed on the banks of river Musi River.

Taramati Baradari is located in Mohammad Nagar near Golconda. This is a square structure constructed over hilltop connected with series of steps. The square structure has twelve arches hence it is known as Baradari (Bara =12). The interior walls of the Baradari are decorated with the arches in the Qutb Shahi style.

The structure has steps on the north and eastern side. It is also believed that Taramati, a courtesan used to perform dances before the Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah and Sultan Mohammed Qutb Shah. The Seventh Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutub Shah, as an ode to his favorite courtesan, Taramati, is believed to have named the sarai as Taramati Baradari.

Premamati’s Mosque

The Premamati Mosque stands on a hillock overlooking the Taramati Baradari. The mosque was built around 1625 A.D. and it was attributed to a courtesan during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah and Sultan Abdullah Qutb Shah.

The mosque has a facade of five arches without any minarets. Bilgrami, in his book ‘Landmarks of the Deccan’, associated the Baradari and the mosque with both Taramati and Premamati. Tombs of both the courtesans are seen near the Qutb Shahi Tombs (1662 A.D.).

How to reach

Taramati Baradari is located at distance of nearly 10 km from the centre of Hyderabad city and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

11 Hakim's Tomb Toli Chowki Shaikpet 17th C.A.D

Hakim’s Tomb

The Hakim’s Tomb is located in the Toli Chowki area. This Tomb is locally known as ‘Dargah Hakim Nizamuddin Geelani Quadri’.

This tomb is attributed to a physician of the lost King of Golkonda. The tomb is constructed on a square plan with a huge dome in the centre. The ceiling of the dome is minutely decorated. This Tomb is constructed in Qutub Shahi style of architecture, dating back to 17th century A.D and is worshipped by the local people as a secular structure and is one of the prominent darghas near Golconda region of Hyderabad.

How to reach

Toli Chowki is located at distance of nearly 7 km from the heart of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road through Mehdipatnam. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

12 Shaikpet Mosque and Sarai Shaikpet Shaikpet 16-17th C.A.D

Shaikpet Mosque and Sarai

The Shaikpet Mosque and Sarai are located in Shaikpet Village of Hyderabad District. This Sarai was built for the traders to take night halt, before obtaining permission for entry into the fort from Quiladar of Golkonda Fort.

This Sarai was built on the way to Bidar, capital of Barid Shahis by Ibrahim Qutb Shah (1550–80A.D) in Qutub Shahi style of architecture. This is one of the iconic structures which is still intact after couple of centuries and it also shows how trade used to flourish during the historic times between Golconda dynasty and other regions. The sarai here is of great archaeological value while the mosque is still used by the faithful for worship.

How to reach

Shaikpet Mosque and Sarai are located at distance of nearly 11 km from the centre of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

13 Mia Mishk's Mosque Puranapul Charminar 1678 A.D.

Mia Mishk’s Mosque

Hyderabad needs no introduction for the numerous religious and heritage structures dotting the city across its length and breadth. This mosque is located near Puranapul in the old city of Hyderabad.

This mosque was built by Mian Mishk, the Abyssinian slave of Abul Hassan Tana Shah in 1676. The mosque has a facade with three arches and two big minars. The Mosque’s polygonal minarets are simple, while their balconies have rectangular openings with jaali panels fitted in them. Close to this Mosque, there is a mortuary chamber of Mia Mishk which has a verandah on its four sides. It is an iconic structure of Puranapul region.

How to reach

Puranapul is located at a distance of nearly 2 km from Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

14 Khairat Khan's Tomb Sultan Shahi Khairtabad 17th C.A.D

Khairat Khan’s Tomb

This tomb is located in Sultan Shahi area of Goulipura. Khairat Khan was believed to be King Abdullah’s ambassador to Persia. He passed away in the year 1655. This Tomb has been constructed on the square platform with steps in remembrance of Khairat Khan.

This structure is built with stone and lime mortar with minarets in Qutb Shahi style of architecture. There are jaali panels decorating the external walls of the Tomb. The tomb is one of the iconic structures dating back to the dynastic rulers of Hyderabad and the walls of this tomb are still intact showing the skill of workers of Qutb Shahi era.

How to reach

Goulipura is located nearly 2 km from Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

15 Khairati Begum's Tomb & Mosque Khairtabad Khairtabad 17th C.A.D

Khairati Begum’s Tomb and Mosque

This iconic monument is located on the road behind Dwarka Hotel, in Lakdi-ka-Pul locality, and was built by Kairat-un-Nisa, the daughter of Sultan Mohammed Qutb Shah (1612-1626), in remembrance of her teacher Akhund Mulla Abdul Malik.

This Tomb of Khairati Begum has been built on a square plan, and stands on a high plinth. The arches of Tomb are decorated with lime plaster and floral medallions.

The structure has a huge dome surrounded by four smaller minarets. The Mosque has a facade of three arches and two tall minarets. The minarets are decorated with an ornamental honeycombing pattern showing intricate designs and well laid patterns.

How to reach

Lakdi-ka-Pul is located in the heart of Hyderabad and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

16 Mir Alam Tank Cairns Mir Alam tank Rajendranagar 10th C.B.C
17 Megalithic Burials Begumpet Begumpet 10th C.B.C
18 Sculptures at Tilak Road (Nandi image & elephant) Premises of Khadi Board Nampally 16th C.A.D.
19 Dargah Hazarat Syed Shah Raziuddin Gazibanda Bahudurpura 17th C.A.D

Dargah Hazrat Syed Shah Raziuddin

Hyderabad is a city of prominent religious structures and dargahs which shows the religious beliefs of the people living in this city for centuries. The Dargah of Hazrat Syed Shah Raziuddin is located on the road from Misrigunj to Jahanuma.

The Qutb Shahi ruler, Abul Hassan Tana Shah, had built this magnificent tomb and grave in 1684 in the memory of his nephew, Hazrat Syed Shah Raziuddin which shows the Qutb Shahi style of architecture which was prominent during the 16th and 17th centuries in Hyderabad.

This Tomb stands on a square platform having a verandah on top with bulbous dome constructed in typical Qutb Shahi style of architecture. The exterior walls of the tomb are beautifully decorated with arches and intricate designs.

How to reach

Jahanuma is located at a distance of nearly 4 km from Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

20 Armenian Cemetry Uppuguda Charminar 17th C.A.D

Armenian Cemetery

The Armenian Cemetery is located near Uppuguda Railway Station. It is believed that the Armenians had come to India as traders through the overland route, crossing Persia, Afghanistan and Tibet and established their commercial centres in Hyderabad even before the advent of European traders into India and they also served under the Nizams of Hyderabad.

The burials here show how the epitaphs are covered with pillared structures, representing the distinctive construction patterns that reflect the ethnic diversity of Hyderabad right from centuries. The entire burial complex here is enclosed with a compound wall with an entrance towards the east.

How to reach

Uppuguda is at distance of nearly 3 km from Charminar and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

21 Puranapul Ancient Gate Puranapul Charminar 17th C.A.D
22 Kulsum Begum Mosque Kulsumpura Asif nagar 17th C.A.D

Kulsum Begum Mosque

The Kulsum Begum Mosque is located in Kulsumpura which derives its name from this historic structure located in old city area of Hyderabad. This Mosque is locally known as 'Badi Masjid'.

The Mosque has been constructed on square platform. It has beautiful minarets, a fine example of Qutb Shahi style of architecture. The facade of the mosque is exuberantly decorated with stucco ornamentation. There is a fountain in the courtyard. The Mosque is constructed in Qutb Shahi style dating back to the 17th century A.D.

It is one of the important structures of Hyderabad showing the imprint of Qutb Shahi dynasty and their reign which involved building iconic monuments

How to reach

Kulsumpura is situated at a distance of nearly 4 km from Charminar via Karwan road and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

23 Old Idgah Madannapet Hyderabad 17th C.A.D

Old Idgah

The Old Idgah is located in Madannapet of Saidabad area and was built by Sultan Mohammed Qutb Shah (1612-1626).

It is a structure, with three arches and two large minars. Each minar of Old Idgah has a gallery of multi-cusped arches which starts at a level higher than the parapet wall of the main mosque. The structure of the mosque is built with stone and lime.

The front facade of the Mosque is decorated with Qutb Shahi arches. The sajja portion of the Mosque is decorated with a series of arched openings and minarets. The mosque was built on an extensive area and is one of the attractions in Saidabad given its historic and heritage value. The mosque stands strong to this day, showing the prowess of workers centuries ago.

How to reach

Saidabad is located at a distance of nearly 4 km from Charminar in old city and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

24 Dargah Hazrath Saidani-Maa-Saheba Boats club Secunderabad 17-18th C.A.D.

Dargah Hazrath Saidani-Maa-Saheba

This Tomb is located near Boats club, Tank bund. The Tomb belongs to the mother of the noble Abdul Haq Diler Jung who was an important personality under the Asaf Jahis.

The Tomb has an ornamented dome. The facade of this Tomb has five arches with three of them placed in the centre and the other two on the either side of wall panel.

The ground floor and first floor of the Tomb is beautifully decorated combining Qutb Shahi, Asaf Jahi and European elements. The tomb is constructed on square platform with decorated dome, flanked by ornamented minarets. This tomb located close to main road is a beautiful attraction, visited by many tourists.

How to reach

Dargah Hazratha Saidani-Ma-Saheba Tomb is located close to the shore of Hussain Sagar Lake at the junction of Hyderabad and Secunderabad adjacent to the main road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

25 Sir Ronald Ross Building Begumpet Begumpet 19th C.A.D

Sir Ronald Ross Building

Sir Ronald Ross Building is located in Begumpet, Hyderabad. Major Ronald Ross, an Indian born British doctor was posted in the late 19th Century in Secunderabad, as Duty Medical Officer, attached to the Military.

Sir Ronald Ross had discovered vaccine for malaria disease in this building. This building was constructed in Colonial Architectural style. Thus, the building is named after Sir Ronald Ross who is renowned all over the world for his achievement in the field of medicine. This building has also become one of the heritage structures in the heart of Hyderabad and shows the contribution of the British doctor who had boosted the reputation of pre-independence Hyderabad.

How to reach

Begumpet is located in the centre of Hyderabad city and is easily accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

26 British Residency Koti Womens College Koti Nampally 18th C.A.D

British Residency

British Residency is located in Koti, Hyderabad. This Residency was built by British Resident of Hyderabad state, James Achilles Kirkpatrick during 1798–1805. It is considered of the most perfect and popular buildings ever erected by the East India Company.

The building is one of the landmarks of Hyderabad that blended British style of construction with that of Hyderabad during the era of Nizams. It is situated in the midst of a vast area earmarked for the British residency in the heart of Hyderabad, and is listed as one among the heritage structures of Hyderabad city, which still stands strong to this day.

There were several quarters, including a zenana (women's quarters) where Khair- un Nissa had lived. This residency was constructed in colonial style of architecture. In the year 1949 it was converted into a Women's college called Osmania University College for Women.

How to reach

Koti is located at distance of nearly 2 km from the heart of Hyderabad city, Nampally and is well accessible by road. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.

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27 Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple Chandrayangutta Bandlaguda 18th C.A.D

Sri Chennakesava Swamy Temple

This temple is located on the flat top of a hillock locally known as Chandrayangutta. This hillock is also known as Kesavagirigutta. The height of this hillock is nearly 50 to 60 feet from the road.

Chennakesava Swamy Murthy at this temple is carved on a boulder with ornaments. The temple consists of garbhagriha and antarala connected with 28 pillared mandapa which has entrances on both the south and north sides. On the door jambs of the garbhagriha, Vaishnavite dwarapalas i.e., Jaya and Vijaya are carved.

On the lintel portion of antarala, the images of Sheshasai Vishnu, Sankachakra and Vaishnavite marks are carved with skill and finesse. Based on the architectural features, the temple is believed to have been built during 18th century A.D. i.e., post Vijayanagara period.

How to reach

The Swayambhu Chennakesava Swamy temple is located nearly 9 kms from Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station on the road leading to Srisailam in Chandrayangutta (V), of Bandlaguda (M), Hyderabad. Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana is well connected to different parts of India by road, rail and air.