Paigah Tombs, Hyderabad

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Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shams al-Umara, are the tombs belonging to the nobility of Paigah family, who were fierce loyalists of the Nizams, served as statespeople, philanthropists and generals under and alongside them. The Paigah tombs are among the major wonders of Hyderabad State which known for their architectural excellence as shown in their laid mosaic tiles and craftsmanship work. The Paigah's necropolis is located in a quiet neighbourhood 4 km southeast of Charminar Hyderabad, at Pisal banda suburb., down a small lane across from Owasi Hospital near Santosh Nagar. These tombs are made out of lime and mortar with beautiful inlaid marble carvings. These tombs are 200 years old which represent the final resting places of several generations of the Paigah Nobles.At first, Paigah Tombs may look deserted and totally uncared for, but on a closer look you will find the place quite enthralling. With marvelous carvings and motifs in floral designs and inlaid mosaic tile-works, the tombs are exquisite to walk around. The tombs and their walls are delicately carved and enclosed in pierced marble facades, some of them in rows and some with beautifully carved screens and canopies.The place is easily approachable and is set amidst a labyrinth of concrete houses built around the 30 acres of property in which the tombs are nestled. They are almost obscure and a marvelous piece of artistry in marble lost in time. The Indo-Islamic architecture is a mix of both the Asaf Jahi and the Rajputana styles of architecture. You will also see décor in fabulous stucco work, representing the Mughal, Persian and Deccan style too. The geometrical designs with their perforated screens are unique in their make and craftsmanship.
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  • April 12, 2017
    Paigah Tombs or Maqhbara Shams al-Umara are one of the famous monuments of Hyderabad city which are known for their excellent architectural beauty. Paigah Tombs were constructed by the Paigah family, ...  more »
  • April 4, 2017
    Amazing architecture and details in these ancient tombs, as if centuries of mysteries are hidden in the symbols. There are native Hyderabadis who have never been to this place. The only reason I found...  more »
  • March 3, 2017
    A place hidden and little known that not you will leave indifferent. It's like stepping back in time and live a fairy tale. The worst, its bad state of conservation. The best, there are very few visitors, so if you are lucky enough to visit it just like me, you'll love the place.
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  • June 20, 2017
    This is a wonderful place for every architect lover to visit. Tombs of Paigah family few great personalities are present here. Must visit place for Photographers too
  • July 17, 2017
    Grave yard of paigah family... The masjid inside it is beautiful and have a pleasant environment
  • May 22, 2017
    A lot of scope for photographers.. and this place has hardly any visitors.. which means u can do your job at peace!!
  • July 1, 2017
    The final resting places of erstwhile nobles Every soul have to taste death
  • April 29, 2017
    The style of architecture of the Paigah Tombs is an amalgam of Mughal and Moorish styles resulting in a unique synthesis. The crypts, made of lime and mortar, have intricate marble inlay work and stucco reminiscent. These tombs are magnificent structures, decorated in stucco work, and represent the Moghal, Greek, Persian, Asaf Jahi, Rajasthani and Deccani style of architecture which are unique specimens of extraordinary artistry that is ardently visible in the wonderfully inlaid mosaic work. The geometrical designs in the Paigah Tombs are unique and are perforated with screens with great craftsmanship. Which has been constructed by Amir E kabir. All tombs have been beautifully carved and are magnificent pieces of art. The detail of the stuccowork on these structures is intricate. They have become extremely popular because of the geometrical features carved on them. Apart from the geometrical designs, the floral designs, trellis marble fencing and canopies are also very intricate and beautiful

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