Qutub Minar - New Delhi, Delhi

Qutub Minar

New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Towering high over an assortment of Afghan architectural marvels is the iconic Qutub Minar. Built by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak in 1199, with three more storeys added later by his son-in-law, as a monument to give calls for prayer, the Qutub Minar is a 72.5 meter high tribute to Islamic architecture. It's a striking structure of red and buff sandstone, with intricate carvings and inscribed verses from the Koran.

There are other intriguing monuments surrounding it like the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, a mix of Hindu and Islamic design and materials, with Islamic calligraphy and brocaded designs and pillars with Hindu motifs. These pillars were taken from Qila Rai Pithora, the city of the Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan.

The Iron Pillar, which has never rusted through hundreds of years, in the courtyard of the mosque, as well the unfinished Alai Minar, the ornamental entrance to the complex, Alai Darwaza. The tombs and the madrasa are added attractions around the Qutub Minar and contribute to the haunting beauty of the area.
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