Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah

Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah

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Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (1580-1611 CE) (Urdu: محمد قلی قطب شاہ) was the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golkonda in south India. He founded the city of Bhaganagar- Hyderabad, India and built its architectural centerpiece, the Charminar. He was an able administrator and his reign is considered one of the high points of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.

He ascended to the throne in 1580 at the age of 15 and ruled for thirty-one years. Some historian say that he was 17 years of age at the time of his crowning also.

He modelled the well planned city of Hyderabad on the then legendary city of Esfahan of Persia, in his words unparalleled in the world and a replica of heaven itself.


Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah was the third son of Rani Bhagirthibai and Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah. He founded the city of Bhaganagar Hyderabad after shifting from his old capital, the fort of Golkonda. The city was built on the southern bank of the Musi River. Some say that Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah sent for architects from Iran to lay out the city, which was built on a grid plan. History mentions that he himself had studied many architectural plans and with consistent consultations with his wife and his Prime Minister Mir Muhammed Momin, he carried out roads and buildings etc., with his help.SULTAN Muhammed Quli Qutub shah founded the city of Bhaganagar, which was named after the name of his beloved Bhagamati in 1591. He married the most beautiful and Virtuous Bhagamati, resident of...
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