Qutb Minar in Delhi

The Qutub complex with the Iron Pillar
Photo by: Alicia Nijdam, Creative Commons

The Qutb Minar is located in Delhi (the capital city of India).

The Qutb Minar is a famous historical spot in Delhi, which is listed by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Qutb Minar is built with bricks and is the tallest minaret (Islamic mosques of great architecture) in the world. The Qutb Minar is also a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture and the earliest structure during the Indo-Islamic period.

The Qutb Minar stands at a height of 237.8 feet. The length of the foundation is about 14.3 meters; the top level is about 2.75 meters in length. There are about 379 steps between the ground level and the peak level of the Qutb Minar. In addition there are fine artworks close to the Qutb Minar.

Qutb Minar was built in different stages at different time periods. The construction was started in the year 1193 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak (Delhi’s first Muslim Emperor); he was able to finish only the foundation part of the building. However IItutmish (the third among the Delhi Sultanate Dynasty) has built three additional floors to the existing foundation. The last two floors were built by Firuz Shah Tughlug (Muslim emperor belonging to the Tughlug Dynasty) in the year 1368. The architecture of different rulers who are involved in Qutb Minar’s construction is clearly seen in the building.

The Qutb Minar complex comprises several other structures which include the “Iron Pillar” which was built around the third century, the Iron Pillar stands at a height of seven meters and weighs almost six tons. In addition the tomb of IItutmish (emperor of the slave dynasty) is also situated at the Qutb complex.

Traveling to Qutb Minar

The Qutb Minar is located in the heart of the city Delhi. Delhi being the capital city of India is well equipped with all means of transport. People traveling there can choose according to their interest. The readers should visit Qutb Minar, as this is the place which displays the greatest architectural styles of different emperors of the ancient past.

2 responses to “Qutb Minar in Delhi”

  1. Brooke says:

    i never knew anything about Qutb Minar so, cool

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