Qutb Minar

 

Overview

Qutb Minar
 
Qutb-Minar in red and buff standstone is the highest tower.  The second tallest minar  in India. It has a diameter of 14.32 m at the base and about 2.75 m on the top with a height of 72.5 m.
 
Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199 for the use of the mu'azzin  to give calls for prayer and raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din Iltutmish (AD 1211-36). All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honey-comb design, more conspicuously in the first storey.There are evidence that Qutubminar was built much before by Hindu emperors. Later Kuttubuddin has replaced the writing on stones.
 
Qutab Minar is a great masterpiece of Mughal architecture. The base of the Qutub Minar measures 14.32 meters and the top of the structure measures 2.75 meters. The bird eye's view of Delhi city from the top is amazing. The base of first storey has alternate angular and circular flutings, the second one is round. The third storey of the Qutub Minar has angular flutings. The balconies projecting out heighten the beauty of the Minar.
 
The tower is so high that around 379 steps are needed to be climbed to reach the top. Another taller tower adjacent to Qutub Minar is named Alai Minar which is somewhat tilted in one direction.
The verses from the holy Qur'an are carved on sandstone walls of Qutub Minar. This monument serves the purpose of calling people for prayer in the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. This is a tower of victory, a monument that signify the might of Islam, or a tower for keeping a check for defense.There are claims and evidence that Qutubminar was built much before by Hindu emperors. Later Kuttubuddin has replaced the writing on stones. The stones has hindu God pictures on one side and arabic writing on other side. Stones dislodged from the Minar have Hindu images on one side with Arabic lettering on the other. Those stones are now in Museum. These stone represent that invaders used to remove the stone- dressing of Hindu buildings, turn the stones inside out to hide the image facial and inscribe Arabic lettering on the new frontage.
 
Open Hours:  7:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
 
Entrance Fee:
 
Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC  and BIMSTEC Countries - Rs. 10 per head.
 
Others: Rs. 250/- per head
 
(children up to 15 years free)
 
How to Reach,
 
Road: The Majnu ka Tila bus stand.
 
Nearest Railway Station: The Delhi Metro line 2 also connects the New Delhi Railway Station.
 
Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport is 22 kilometers away from the city centre.
 

Location

Country
India
State
Delhi
City
New delhi
Location
New Delhi.
Address
Qutb Minar, Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi - 110030.
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Nearest Bus Terminal
Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli.
Nearest Railway Station
New Delhi (NDLS)
Nearest Airport
Indira Gandhi International Airport
IN
latitude : 28.566499710 longitude :77.103103640
Corporation : New Delhi
GPS Code : VIDP
Open Year
1192
Area
14.32 m
Height
72.5 meteres
Architect
Indo-Islamic architecture
Dedicated To
Qutab-ud-din Aibak
Visiting Hours
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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