Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana

The charm of the Charminar is unparalleled that will never fade. The sheer artistic brilliance embodied in the monument is one of Hyderabad's claims to fame. The marvelous structure, standing on four pillars, in Hyderabad is an architectural marvel of the past, which combines art with religious themes.

Charminar is one of the seven wonders of Hyderabad and is one of the most famous tourist attractions and is visited by international as well as national tourists. It is a glorious representation of the history of Hyderabad and stands erect till date, narrating the story of the illustrious past of this historical city, once the seat of the Nizam. This marvelous piece of architecture is made of granite, mortar, limestone and powdered marble which has enabled it to stand strong though the years. Hyderabad is almost synonymous to Charminar. It is a blend of architectural splendor with aesthetics and is the embodiment of elegance and romance. It is an unparalleled structure that makes Hyderabad famous all over the world.

The Story Behind the Construction of Charminar

This architectural brilliance was erected during the reign of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591. He had shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad and this monument was built to commemorate this decision and the eradication of plague from the city. The structure came to be known as Charminar since it is supported by the four minarets on the four sides. There is also a mosque at the last storey of the monument.

Monument measurements

The Charminar, as the name suggests, is a square structure surrounded by four towers on four sides of the structure. Each of the pillars is 48.7 meters high. There are four exits and all of then lead to the plaza through gigantic arches. The arches are 20 meters high and 11 meters wide. All the towers have four storeys, which encircle the towers. The Charminar is known as the "Arc de Triomphe", that is, the victory arc in the Western countries.

Mir Moazzin Husain, an officer of the UNESCO, is of the view that the four towers might even represent the first four Khalifas of Islam. All the floors have balconies attached to them from where a bird's eye view of the city is visible. During the period of Shah, court meetings were held by the king and his courtiers at the place outside the mosque. The devout people could offer prayers in a peaceful manner inside the mosque.

Location of Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana

Charminar - Entry Fee, Timing, Address, Official Website

AddressPattergatti Road, Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana - 500082
Entry FeeEntry fee for Indians: 20 Rs.
Entry fee for Foreigners : 150 Rs.
Entry fee for Children : No entry fee for children up to 15 years
TimingVisiting Hours : 9:00 AM - 5.30 PM
Phone No (Official)011-23522990 / +91-40-66745986
Photography allowed or notAllowed
Nearest Metro/Railway StationHyderabad Deccan Railway Station
Parking facility yes

Last Updated on : 1/08/2013