Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar is an impressive example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. Made of red sandstone material, Qutub Minar is an imposing structure in Delhi that dates back to 13th century. The construction of this architectural marvel was the idea of Qutubu-ud-din Aibak who was the first Muslim ruler of Delhi. He built first storey for calls for prayer and later Iltutmish adjoined three more stories to the building.

Acknowledged as the highest stone tower in India, this minaret is 72.5 m tall. Its surface is enveloped with verses from the Quran. The other legend says that this majestic structure was created to commemorate the rise of the Muslim rule in India. It takes pride as the world’s tallest brick minaret.

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Interwoven calligraphy work enhances the adjacent structures. Each storey is designed with a projecting balcony. Apart from housing the tombs of Altamish, Alauddin Khalji and Imam Zamin,  the complex displays a series of important monuments such as:

  • Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque-An oldest existing mosque in India
  • Alai Darwaza-The gateway built in 1310
  • Alai Minar- Another tower 27 m high
  • Iron Pillar -The 2000 year old 7 m high

It is believed that the mosque was built by ransacking the Hindu temples that once stood at this place. The ruins of the temples including carved stone slabs and other materials were utilized to construct the mosque. So it is obvious to see the Hindu ornamentation at this Muslim mosque. Islamic decorations distinguish the structures at regular intervals.

The minar has sustained a series of lightening bolts and earthquakes during the past centuries. The fourth and the fifth stories are built of sandstone as well as marble. A chattri atop the tower was removed as it did not complement with the rest of the architectural style.

Qutub Minar is one of the finest Islamic architectures ever raised in India. Adjacent to the Qutub Minar there is a smaller tower, Ashoka Pillar. People believe that if you can grip your hands around the pillar with your back to it, your wish will come true.

The inscription on the pillar denotes that the monument was erected as a flagstaff in honour of the Vishnu, the Hindu God and in respect of Chandragupta II, the Gupta king.

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Enjoy the Views of the Magnificent Constructions of Qutub Minar, the World Heritage Site!


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