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About Qutub Khan's Tomb

Adam Khan was a general of great Mughal Emperor, Akbar. In 1561 he had a fell out with Ataga Khan (Prime Minister of Akbar) and killed him. He was then thrown down from the ramparts of Agra Fort and died. His grieving mother died soon after, and both were buried in a tomb supposedly built by Akbar himself. An interesting thing to note about the tomb is its conspicuous octagonal structure. This design is not seen in any of the Mughal building of the Era and historians believe this design was perhaps designated to the traitors. In the 1830s, a British officer named Blake converted the tomb to his residence and removed the graves. When he died, it was vacated, and Adam Khan’s grave was restored on orders of Lord Curzon. The 97 ft x 27 ft tomb lies to the north of Qutub Minar on the walls of Lal Kot. It is made of red sandstone. Octagonal wall closings, low cornering towers, octagonal dome chamber, are characteristic of Lodhi Dynasty and Sayyid Dynasty style of architecture. A bhul-bhulaiya (maze) like pattern is seen in the construction of verandahs on the three openings. Though in ruins, the tomb still beckons for visitors to know of its story. It is now a protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India.

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