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Qutab Minar

 
Qutab Minar  
* The Qutab Minar the world's tallest brick minaret. is entirely made up of bricks. It is recognized as one of the earliest and most significant models of Indo-Islamic architecture.
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City:                New Delhi

Built by:    Qutabuddin Aibak (12th century) but it was completed by Firoz Shah Tughluq in 1368

Example of:   Indo – Islamic Architecture & UNESCO World Heritage Site

Renowned As:  Highest brick tower in the world

Structure:   72.5 meters High with 399 Steps going to the Top.

Location:    Mehrauli (South Delhi)

Preferred Timings: Remains open on all days (sunrise to sunset)

Entry Fee:  INR 10 for citizen/ INR 250 for foreigners

Video filming charges:  INR 25.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station:    Kendriya Terminal

The Qutb Minar, measured 72.5 meters high is the world's tallest brick minaret. The construction of this minar (tower) had been initiated in 1193 by India's first Muslim ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak; however, the uppermost storey of the minaret was completed by Firuz Shah Tughluq in 1386. The Qutb Minar is recognized as one of the earliest and most significant models of Indo-Islamic architecture.

The most interesting part of this minar is it is surrounded by numerous other ancient and medieval structures, collectively known as Qutb complex. The complex is recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the most visited monuments of India.

Qutab Minar

Architecture

The Qutab Minar is entirely made up of bricks, which is as tall as 72.5 meters and has 379 steps leading to the top. The diameter of the base is measured 14.3 meters; while at the top, the diameter is merely 2.75 meters.

Adjacent to this minar, there is another minar, which construction was started with motto to build taller than the Qutab Minar, but its construction was ended unexpectedly when it was merely 12 meters tall. The name of this minar is kept as Alai Minar. However, the recent studies of have been deciphered the fact that it is tilted in one direction. It is largely constructed of red sandstone. This construction had been started by Firoz Shah Tughlaq.

Nearby Places of Interest:
Iron Pillar
The wrought iron tower that stands adjacent to Qutab Minar was constructed to give the honor to the Hindu God Vishnu and king Chandragupta, and it is constructed in the 4th century.

Red Fort:
It has been constructed by one of the great Mughal rulers Shah Jahan.

India Gate:
It has been built in the commemoration of Indian soldiers.

Qutab Minar View

Nearby Places of Attractions

Nila Gumbad, Delhi Zoo, Nili Chhatri, Sabz Burz, India Gate, , Nizam-ud-din's Shrine, Khairul Manzil Masjid, Indraprastha Park.

Monuments in Delhi
Alai Darwaza Bara Gumbad Delhi Ridge Ghiyasudin Tomb
Humayun's Tomb India Gate Jantar Mantar King George V Memorial
Parliament House Purana Qila or Old Fort Qutab Minar Rajghat
Rashtrapati Bhavan Red Fort Salimgarh Fort Shanti Van
Sultan Ghari's tomb Tughlaqabad Fort