Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar of New Delhi

Qutub MinarQutub Minar is situated in Qutb complex. Its foundation was laid down by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak but was Completed by His Son-in-law Iltutmish and Further By Firoz Shah Tughlak. Qutub Minar was built in 1193 A.D. In building of Qutub Minar red sandstone has been used. It is 72.5 m high. Having 399 Steps Leading to the Top. Base of Qutub Minar is 14.3m wide, Top Floor is 2.75m wide.

Qutub Minar is honored as one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Qutub Minar has five distinct storeys, each one with a nice balcony. The first three storeys of Qutub Minar has built with red sandstone and the fourth and fifth by marble and sandstone.

Apart from Qutub Minar there are many more historic complexes in Qutb complex. Like one can see there tomb of Adham Khan and Zafar Mahal within Qutub complex and the tomb of Jamali-Kamali behind it. Other structures in Qutb complex are:
  • Tomb of Iitutmish: Tomb of Iitutmish was built in 1235 AD with red sandstone.
  • Alai Minar: Alai Minar was built by Alaud-Din-Khalji. It stands north to Qutub Minar. Alai Minar is 25m in height.
  • Quwwat-ul-Islam: Quwwat-ul-Islam is a mosque constructed by Qutub-ud-din in 1198 also stands in the Qutb complex.
  • Iron Pillar: Iron Pillar is 7m in height and has been made up of 98% wrought iron.

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