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Home :: Tourist Attractions :: Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Location 15-km South Of New Delhi
House Quwwatu'l-Islam Mosque, The Iron Pillar, Alai Minar & Alai Darwaza
Architectur Afghan Architecture
Built By Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak

The Tower
Qutab Minar, New DelhiThe tallest stone tower of India - Qutub Minar is one of the most visited spots in Delhi. Built in 1199 by Qutub-ud-Din, the Qutub Minar is the first Islamic structure built in India. The construction of this historical tower was commenced by Qutub-ud-Din-Aibak and completed by his successor and son in law Iltutmish. Qutub Minar is one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India


The History
The reason behind the construction of this monument is still not very clear. While some believe that it was built as a tower of victory to symbolise the beginning of Muslim era in India, other say it served as a minaret to the adjacent mosque and was used by the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer.

The construction of the tower was commenced in 1193 AD by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, but he could only complete its basement. His successor, Iltutmish, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tuglak built the fifth and the last storey. The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tuglak is clearly visible in the tower.

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The Architecture
Rises to 72.5 metres in height, the Minar has 379 steps from its bottom to the top. The diameter of the base is 14.3 metres while the top floor measures 2.7 metres in diameter.

The main mosque has an inner and outer courtyard. An exquisite colonnade, the pillars of which are made of richly decorated shafts, surrounds the inner courtyard. Iron Pillar near Qutub Minar


Iron Pillar
Closely stands Delhi's most interesting pillar - The Iron Pillar. Built in the 4th century AD, the pillar bears an inscription, which declares that it was erected as a flagpole in honour of the Hindu Trinity, Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413).

The Iron Pillar is an excellent example of ancient India's advancement in metallurgy. The pillar's position at this place is a mystery. The pillar is made of 98 per cent wrought iron and has stood 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing.




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