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Qutab Minar Complex

 

Qutab Minar

Qutab MinarThe historical importance of Delhi is augmented by the fact that it is home to some of the finest piece of architecture ever built by man. Qutab Minar at Delhi is one of the most commanding architectural specimen built hundreds of years ago by craftsmen that match even the very best of our time. Protruding proudly into the sky, Qutab Minar is an amazing piece of heritage monument. From a height of 238 feet, you will be able to get a breath-taking view of the city of Delhi. The tower was built in three stages and the work was initiated by the slave king Qutab-ud-din Aibak. While Qutab-ud-din managed to complete one storey, it was Iltutmish who completed the next three.

The monument has a total of five storeies tapering towards the top and each storey is marked by a circular balcony. The first three storeies are made of red sandstone while the fourth and the fifth are made of marble. One feature of the tower that stands out is the stalactite support to the balconies. Enjoy the beauty of the historic monument by booking a fine hotel in Delhi.

Quwwat-ul Islam Masjid

Qutab-ud-din built this fantastic mosque in order to commemorate the victory over Rai Pithora. This is one of the few remaining mosques built during the time. The mosque has a rectangular courtyard perhaps specifically created for the purpose of offering prayers.

Iron Pillar

Inside the Qutab Complex and in the courtyard of the mosque, there is an Iron Pillar. The most notable thing about the iron pillar is that even after 2000 years of being exposed to the elements, the pillar has not rusted. On the pillar there is an inscription in Sanskrit that clearly gives us an indication that the pillar was actually in Bihar and probably a part of a Vishnu Temple.

Tomb of Iltutmish

To the north-west of the Iron Pillar, you will find the tomb of Iltutmish. The beauty of the place lies in the solemn quietness of the surroundings. The tomb is nothing short of a hallmark in Indo-Islamic architecture. The tomb was built a year before Iltutmish died and it bears traits of Iltutmish's personality.

Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza is often described as the gem of the Islamic architecture. Employing Islamic principles this gate was built with accurate construction and geometric ornamentation. The Alai Darwaza is a square domed building with intricate carvings in red sandstones and marbles.

The Qutab Complex is a remarkable heritage complex. The rich history of India comes alive in the architectural intricacy of the Qutab Complex. Different rulers spanning different centuries have made their presence felt by making some addition to the structure of the buildings in the complex. Their difference in imagination and style has made the place even more rich in terms of variety.

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