Qutub Minar

One of the most important tourist centers in India Delhi is home to some of the finest monuments in the world. Mostly built during the Mughal reign in India the monuments in Delhi represent a rich and rich style of architecture. The Qutub Minar in Delhi is apparently the largest tower in the world built by one of the Mughals.

Qutub Minar was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, by the founder of Slave Dynasty and later completed by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Built exclusively in red brick and sandstone this minaret in Delhi is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.

Today, Qutub Minar is an eminent member of the World Heritage Site community and has managed to stand firm despite the ravages of time. Qutub Minar of Delhi is surrounded by a lush green manicured garden, which is a much favored leisure spot for Delhi locals. You can see tourists and locals loitering around the whole winter afternoons here and there inside the tower.

Qutub Minar at Delhi is a 5 storied tower. Each tower of the famous Qutub Minar has unique designs. It was hit by lightening twice. Due to this hazard, there was major damage in the structure. But during the reign of Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq, the king repaired the ensuing damage. Again during the reign of Emperor Feroze Shah Tughlaq, when the top most storey of the Qutub Minar was destroyed, the king repaired the floor and elevated the Qutub Minar to another level.

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Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan the Qutub Minar is an interesting mix of architectural styles. The base of the Qutub Minar at Delhi measures 14.32 meters and the top of the structure measures 2.75 meters. The first 3 stories of the Qutub Minar has different designs. While the base has alternate angular and circular flutings, the second one is round. The third storey of the Qutub Minar has only angular flutings. The balconies projecting out of the Delhi Qutub Minar heightens the beauty of the Minar.

The iron pillar is the main attraction in the spacious Quwwat-Ul-Islam Masjid courtyard. It weights over 6511kg. It dates back to 4th century, at times when the World's knowledge about making iron from ore was still a complicated idea. It is amazing to notice the smoothness of the pillar which indicated the purity of iron.

Events like Photography, painting and musical exhibitions takes place from time to time in association with the Archaeological Survey of India. The Qutub festival which takes place in the month of November or December is a three days long cultural and musical event where artist and singers come together to perform.

Qutub Minar is one of the oldest monuments in Delhi still in very good shape. It dates back to the time before the Lodis and the great Mughals.


Last Updated on : July 08, 2013