Restoration work on one of the Hakim’s tombs inside the Qutb Shahi Tombs complex has started. To start with, craft work on a 14-feet tall copper finial is currently being done and work on the tomb will commence once it is installed. In 1976 a finial made up of concrete was installed which is getting replaced by a copper finial.
Restoration of Hakim’s tomb is part of restoration and conservation work of Qutb Shahi Tombs complex which is being undertaken by Aga Khan Trust for Culture in coordination with Telangana Director of Heritage. It is a mammoth task as the conservation and landscape restoration effort at the Qutb Shahi Heritage Park requires conservation of 80 structures dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Fortunately, the German Federal Foreign Office has agreed to provide funds required for restoration of twin tombs.
The Qutb Shahi Tombs are located in the Ibrahim Bagh, close to the famous Golconda Fort in Hyderabad. They contain the tombs and mosques built by the various kings of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The galleries of the smaller tombs are of a single storey while the larger ones are two storied. In the centre of each tomb is a sarcophagus which overlies the actual burial vault in a crypt below.