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About Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar – the tallest stone tower of India and first Islamic structure is one of the most visited spot of Delhi. Built in 1199 by Qutub-ud-Din. The construction of Qutub Minar was commenced by Qutub-ud-Din-Aibak and completed by his successor and son in law Iltutmish. Qutub Minar Tower is one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India

The monuments in this complex date from the onset of Muslim rule in India and are some of the finest examples of early Afghan Architecture.

The red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar 238 feet high was started in 1192, the Minar has five stories which consist of ornamental bands of Holy Quranic inscriptions. The most outstanding feature of the tower is the stalactite support to the balconies and the circular plan with its alternating semicircular and angular flutings.

The complex also hosts the magnificent Alai Darwaza, described as one of the masterpieces of Islamic architecture. Also located in the complex is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, the oldest in north India.

There is an Iron Pillar in the courtyard of this mosque. The quality of the iron used for constructing the pillar is exceptionally pure and has not rusted even after 2000 years. An inscription in Sanskrit clearly indicates that it was initially erected outside a Vishnu temple, possibly in Bihar. It is said to have been brought to Delhi by the Tomar king Anangpal somewhere in the 11 century.

The 13th century Iltumish tomb and the Alai Minar, an ambitious though incomplete project which was intended to be twice as high as Qutab Minar are two other landmarks of Indo-Islamic architecture present in the complex.