Neo Qutb Shahi (Hyderabad city)
Qutb Shahi style came to an abrupt
halt following the Mughal conquest of 1687. The Mughal
Governor ruled from Aurangabad. As earlier mentioned,
the Mughals started building the city walls and that
was similar to Qutb Shahi fortification in massive
granite. Early Asaf Jahi rulers preferred European
style as seen in Chow Mahalla (older parts 1750 AD).
This was followed by buildings in late Mughal style
and still later in Indo European style and the composite
style in vogue during the days of City Improvement
Board. Interestingly, during the later half of the
19th century, there was a revival of the Qutb Shahi
Mosques and tombs were built with
domes and arches similar to the Qutb Shahi ones.
A typical example is the Afzalgunj
Mosque near Nayapul. This was built in 1868 and is
said to have been modelled after a Qutb Shahi Mosque.
Afzalgunj Mosque has two tall minarets, a facade of
three pointed ogee arches, high arcaded parapets with
smaller minarets and stucco decorations: all in the
Qutb Shahi design.
In some other examples of this style,
there are tombs where the entire upper portion, dome
etc. are Qutb Shahi but the arcade at the ground floor
is of cusped arches in mughal style. A very conspicuous
specimen of Neo Qutb Shahi style is the Abdul Haq
Diler Jungís motherís tomb (1883) and his own tomb
(1896), near Secunderabad Boats Club. However one
of the tombs has pilasters in European style in the
first floor arcade and the proportions are relatively
slender compared to typical Qutb Shahi tombs.
This period was one of experimentation.
A special feature of this style is that in none of
the examples, exposed granite was used. Qutb Shahi
revival apparently lasted for only half a century.