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Additional Sights in the Area

Ala-ud-dinís Madrasa 1317

Compared to the Darwaza this appears to have been a much simpler building.  It consisted of a central courtyard and adjoining rooms.  Built just over a hundred years on from the mosque it is noticeable that the Roman method of arch building was now being used.


It is thought that one of the chambers to the side was to be Ala-ud-dinís tomb.


Alai Minar c. 1315

This structure was also started by Ala-ud-din as part of his scheme for the site.  It was intended as a victory tower and to be twice the height of the Qutb Minar.  Ala-ud-din died before its completion and the tower was abandoned at the first level.


Iman Zaminís Tomb 1539

Iman Zamin was a Turkish holy man called Mohammad Ali.  He came to India during the reign of Sikandar Lodi and was a revered Iman.


Mughal Garden   18th C

During this period the Royal Family would spend some time in Mehruali away from the Red Fort.  Gardens were popular as a place of retreat and rest.  There are Chatris (covered pavilions)  at three of the four corners of the square garden


Serai  18th C

The Serai stands in front of the Mughal gardens.  Serai were built to provide shelter to travellers and their animals.  A small mosque stands to one side of the area



Balabanís Tomb Late 13th C


This tomb is located near the Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb.  Balban was the Son in Law of Iltutmish and an ex-slave.  He was Delhi Sultan from 1266-1286, reign marked by the repulsion of Mongols and establishment of Delhi ís rule over region up to Lahore .

It is believed that his tomb is in the central of three chambers, though actual evidence is weak.  The tomb is said to be the first structure in India with true arches.


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