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Paigah Tombs of Hyderabad

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The necropolis of noblemen dating from the Asaf Jahi era in Hyderabad, also known as the Paigah Tombs Complex, is set to be restored with funding from the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation.

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GS I: History

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  1. Who were the Paigahs?
  2. Paigah Tombs

Who were the Paigahs?

  • The Paigahs were a noble family from the Asaf Jahi era.
  • They were fierce loyalists of the Nizams and served as statespeople, philanthropists, and generals under and alongside them.
  • They were known for their wealth and constructed several palaces in the city, including the famous Falaknuma Palace and Asman Garh Palace.
  • The House of Paigah was founded by Shams-ul-Umra I also known as Nawaz Abul Fatah Khan Tegh.

Paigah Tombs

  • The Paigah Tombs are the final resting places of the Paigah Nobles of several generations, and are approximately 200 years old.
  • They are known for their architectural excellence, with intricate mosaic tilework and other craftsmanship.
Architecture
  • The tombs are made out of lime and mortar with beautiful inlaid marble carvings.
  • They feature intricate floral designs and inlaid marble tilework, depicting Indo-Islamic architecture with elements of both the Asaf Jahi and Rajputana styles.
  • There is also fabulous stucco work, representing the Mughal, Persian, and Deccan styles.

-Source: The Hindu


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