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Qutub Minar Delhi

Hotels of New Delhi take you to some of the popular tourist destinations of New Delhi. On your tour to New Delhi you can visit the Qutab Minar, one of the most visited places in Delhi. The unique architectural structure of the monument attracts many visitors from all across the world. The construction of Qutab Minar began in the 12th century and it was completed in the 13th century. Beautiful calligraphy of the magnificent tower adorns the adjacent edifices. The Minar rises over 230 feet and can be ascended by a circular stairway for a breathtaking view.

Qutub Minar Delhi

In the year 1199, Qutb-ud-din Aibak started to work on the construction of this Minar and was completed by his successors after his death. This ancient monument celebrates the advent of Muslim dominance in Delhi. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. The Qutab Minar is covered with intricate carvings and deeply inscribed verses from the Koran. To Qutb-ud-din, the tower marked the eastern extremity of the Islamic faith, casting the shadow of God over east and west.

While touring this tourist destination in Delhi you can see the first mosque of India, right at the feet of the Qutab Minar. It was built using building material from Hindu temples. Although many parts of the mosque are missing or in bad shape, you can still see marvelously sculpted ceilings, columns, and capitals. In the central square, there is an iron pillar, unfortunately closed by a low fence.

The structure of this highest tower in India is built in red and buff sandstone. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m. The Minar was said to have been built to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori, the invader from Afghanistan, over the Rajputs in 1192. He raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din IItutmish. All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the Minar and supported by stone brackets. There are numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar, which reveal the history of Qutb-ud-din Aibak. The Qutab Minar consists of a rectangular courtyard enclosed by cloisters, erected with the carved columns and architectural members of 27 Hindu and Jain temples, which were demolished by Qutbu'd-Din Aibak.


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