Thursday, November 10, 2011

Qutub Minar Architecture

Location: Delhi

Built in: 1193 A.D

Built by: Mughal ruler Qutub-ud-inAibak

Main Attraction: The Iron pillar, Alai Minar, Alai darwaza.

Current Status: Conserved by ASI and given the status of World heritage site by UNSECO.

Qutub Minar is one fine example of the brilliance of Mughal architecture. Qutub-ud-in inAibak the first Mughal ruler of India, put all his efforts in making this monument. Although he died early before its completion, and with him died the dream of making Qutub Minar the world's tallest minaret. Iltutmish, who was the successor of Aibak, finished the construction of this minaret.

After its construction finished, Qutub Minar became the world's tallest brick minaret and a symbol of the beginning of the Muslim rule in India.

Architecture of Qutub Minar

This amazing brick minaret is one of the best example of the Indo-Islamic architecture. Originally, rose to a height of 72.5m, with a circular stairway of 379 steps leading to the top, Qutub Minar is a five storey minaret. Gradually decreasing upwards, Qutub Minar has a diameter of 14.3 m at the base while the top floor has a diameter of 2.75 m only.

Myths about Qutub Minar

The question that always come across every visitor's mind is that"Why was such a tall monument built?" Most of them believe that it was built to commemorate a victory. However, there isn't such a tall tower anywhere else in the world built for such purpose.

But the most famous myth associated with Qutub is that if you can encircle the Iron Pillar (built in the Qutub complex) with your hands behind your back then your wishes will be fulfilled.

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