Qutb Complex: Alauddin Khilji's Tomb and Mughal Mosque

Alauddin Khilji's Tomb and Madarsa

At the back of the complex, southwest of the mosque, stands an L-shaped construction, consisting of Alauddin Khilji's tomb dating ca 1316 AD, and a madarsa, an Islamic seminary built by him. Khilji was the second Sultan of Delhi from Khilji dynasty, who ruled from 1296 to 1316 AD.

The central room of the building, which has his tomb, has now lost its dome, though many rooms of the seminary or college are intact, and since been restored. It was the first example in India, of a tomb standing alongside a madarsa. Nearby stands the Alai Minar, an ambitious tower, he started constructing to rival the Qutub Minar, though he died when only its first storey was built and its construction abandoned thereafter. It now stands, north of the mosque.

Mughal Mosque

The mosque comprises of a compartment with three prayer halls, each covered by bulbous dome.

Prayer hall of Mughal Mosque

Other monuments of the Qutb Complex

Source of information: WikipediaQutubMinar.inDelhi Tourism
Pictures: Copyright (c) HyM Photography

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