HYDERABAD under the Nizams (1724-1948)

From the southeast part of Section 10, into the southwest part of Section 11
Deccani miniature painting continued to develop; it featured a variety of themes including Hindu religious ones
Creative cultural fusion at its best: a Deccani prayer rug with a Persianized but Turkish-derived design-- and a Birmingham-influenced hanging lamp
Some early artists' views of Hyderabad; the new dominion inherited a great deal from its predecessor state of *GOLCONDA*
Hyderabad also inherited the early Bahmani Sultanate (1347-1526) capital of Gulbarga, later famous mostly for the dargah of Hazrat Banda-Navaz Gesu-Daraz, a pupil of Hazrat Chiragh-e Dihli
Nizam ul-Mulk Asif Jah (r.1724-48) was the first Navab of Hyderabad; *a dynastic list*
Nizam Salabat Jang (r.1749-62) built the imposing Chaumahalla palace complex (1750)
Sikandar Jah (r.1813-29) had to deal with an increasingly powerful Resident at his court
Nizam Asaf Jah VI (r.1869-1911) relied almost entirely on his indispensable chief minister, Sir Salar Jung

The last Nizam, said to be the richest man in the world, was obliged to accede to independent India in 1948

Some early photos of Hyderabad
The Char Minar (Four Towers) Gate, built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591, is the traditional symbol of the city
The Char Minar, in modern visitors' views
Adjacent to the Char Minar is the huge Mecca Masjid, begun by Quli Qutb Shah of Golconda and completed by Aurangzeb (1614-87)
Hyderabad was the only "native state" that had a full-fledged paper currency (1916 onwards); the notes were lovely, multilingual, and equipped with a friendly feature for the illiterate

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