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The Tomb of Ghiyas ud din Balban is located in Mehrauli, New Delhi, India. Built in ca 1287 CE, in rubble masonry, the tomb is a building of historical importance in the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, as it was here that first true arch made its appearance in India, and according to many first true dome as well, which however hasn’t survived, making Alai Darwaza built in 1311 CE, in the nearby Qutb complex, the earliest surviving true dome in India.

Ghiyas ud din Balban (1200–1287) was a Turkic ruler of the Delhi Sultanate during the rule of Mamluk dynasty of Delhi (or Slave dynasty) from 1266 to 1287. The tomb of Balban was discovered in the mid-twentieth century.

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  • Address: Tomb of Balban, Mehrauli, Delhi
  • GPS: 28.5196782,77.18882050000002

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