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The Qutb complex is an array of monuments and buildings at Mehrauli in Delhi, the most famous of which is the Qutub Minar .

Also located in the complex is the Tomb Of Iltutmish, northwest to the Iron Pillar. Iltutmish died in 1236, but had his tomb built a year earlier in 1235. This is a landmark in Indo- Islamic architecture.

Unlike his predecessors, Iltutmish abstained from using the material obtained from the demolition of temples. However, the arches and semi-domes of the tomb were built in the indigenous architectural style. The tomb chamber has a red sand stone cenotaph in its centre.

Originally, this cenotaph was covered by a dome, which fell only to be replaced by Feroze Shah Tughluq. However, even the second dome could not survive long and only squinches can be seen now.

The tomb has plain and stark exteriors but interiors are lavishly ornamented with geometrical and arabesque patterns in Saracenic tradition along with the ancient Hindu motifs such as wheel, bell-and-chain, tassel, lotus and diamond. It was these carvings that led Fergusson to remark that this tomb is 'one of the richest examples of Hindu art applied to Muhammadan purposes'.

I took this shot trying to frame the couple being photographed by their friend (obviously keeping myself out of view) ironically with the white marble tombstone. ;-) (Hence the Title....)

Notice the rich work on the walls,..... all inscriptions from the Holy Quran, Im told. Because of these details I had to really compress the shot to bring to 200 Kb size.

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