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The spectacular hill fort at Golconda belonged to the Kakatiyas of Warangal till the 14th century after which it passed to the Bahmanis of Gulbarga. However it rose to prominence only from the 15th century when it became the dynastic capital of the Qutb Shahis, who strongly fortified the citadel and added the religious and military structures seen today. The eastern provinces of the Deccan were ruled from here for almost 200 years. Golconda reached the height of its power in the mid-16th century under Ibrahim Qutb Shah who was also the first great patron of the arts. The greatest achievements in art and architecture however, were during the reign of his successor Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah.


Ibrahim's Masjid

Taramati Masjid

Patancheru Tombs

Minarets

Golconda

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