Hyderabad, India (CNN)One after the next, they rise towards the sky in a sprawling green space on the edge of Hyderabad.
Etched with Islamic phrases and embellished by concentric patterns, archways, domes and halls, they’re magnificent in their design and stature, eerie in their function and lonesome location.
These monuments are the resting places of the fearsome Qutb Shahi family, which ruled the Golconda Kingdom in southern India’s Hyderabad region for 169 years in the 16th and 17th centuries.
But as the Qutb Shahi dynasty receded into history, their tombs were neglected, becoming dusty and decayed.
The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, made up of 75 monuments spread across 108 acres, is being rejuvenated as part of a 10-year project aimed at restoring its grandeur.
The organization tasked with leading this project, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, describes the tombs as one of India’s most significant Islamic historical sites.
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