Qutub Minar

Posted in India | March 3, 2011

Qutub Minar is one of the most notable monuments in India, both with respect to history as well as architecture. The monument was built to celebrate the victory of Aibak over the Rajputs and the beginning of the dominance of Muslim rulers in India. It is said that the monument was a  symbol of power, and was built to bring the subjects into submission.

The monument is one of the most beautiful specimens of Islamic architecture in India . The minaret is a must visit for all tourists to the city of Delhi. Construction for Qutub Minar began in 1199.It took about twenty years to complete the construction, and the minaret was completed in the year 1219.

The Qutub Minar stands at a height of about seventy two and a half meters. The diameter of the structure is about fourteen meters at the base, and at the top, it is around three meters. To reach the peak of the Qutub Minar , one has to climb the flight of 379 steps. The view from the top is breath taking, to say the least.

The walls of the minaret have various Aayats or verses engraved on them. There is also a verse in Kupee language that means “the reflection of the shadow of God both in the west and east.” The tower thus is a significant monument.

The Qutub Minar is built of red and buff sandstone. It is one of the tallest stone towers in the world. The minaret is situated within a complex that has a good number of major monuments that are significant expamples of Islamic architecture.

There are major structures such as the Quwwat ul Islam Mosque, which is an iconic mosque, the Alai Darwaza, the Iron Pillar, the tombs of many important notables of the time, such as Imam Zamin, Ala ud din Khilji and Iltutmish. The monument is a significant struture from the point of view of culture, history as well as architecture.

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