Qutb Shahi Heritage Park | Aga Khan Development Network
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Listed on the tentative World Heritage List, The Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, holds extreme historic significance in being the only complex of its nature where architectural styles of an imperial dynasty are found in one ensemble.

An integral part of its conservation is the restoration of its natural context to lend the complex a harmonious and distinct character. The master plan of this decade long project aims at harnessing the historic spirit of the complex while allowing it the subtle liberty to blend into the contemporary times.
The Qutb Shahi group of monuments, called Qutb Shahi Heritage Park, spread over 106 acres, is located on the western side of the city. It is one of the most significant historic compositions in the world, comprising of over seventy structures of mausoleums, mosques, step-wells / water structures, a hamaam, pavilions, garden structures - all built during the reign of the Qutb Shahi dynasty which ruled the Hyderabad region for 169 years in the 16th - 17th centuries. It is the only surviving complex of this nature where architectural styles of an imperial dynasty are found in one ensemble.

Keeping in view its historical significance, in January 2013, the MoU between the Department of Archaeology and Museum (DAM), QuliQutb Shah Urban Development Authority (QQSUDA) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) was signed to commence the conservation and landscape restoration work for the whole site, listed on the tentative World Heritage List. It is the second public-private partnership in the conservation field in India, with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Government of Telangana working in tandem. This is the second public-private conservation-related MoU signed in India, the first partnership being the restoration of Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi.


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