About 12 impressive tombs of Bahmani rulers, the erstwhile sovereigns of the region, are located in Ashtur, on the outskirts of the city. Built between 1436 to 1535, they are a fine example of the architecture of that time. Perhaps the most impressive of these is the tomb of Ahmad Shah I (1422-1436), which is more than 30 m high. Its interiors have been painted in stunning colours and intricate designs.

Other tombs are also striking and many of them have gilded paintings on the ceilings. One also finds Quran verses inscribed in gold colour decorating the walls. Tourists can also look out for the arches, niches and lofty domes. One can even spot the Swastika symbol, associated with Hinduism in one of the mausoleums. Another notable tomb is that of Ali Barid that has a 25-m-high dome and stands in the middle of a symmetrical four square garden. The tomb of Sultan Allauddin-Shah II is decorated with tile panels and arches with margins adorned with carvings. Connoisseurs of medieval art will find the well-preserved Islamic paintings of high interest. The typical configuration of the tombs is that the inner walls are adorned with paintings while the outer walls are covered in beautiful tile work.

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