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Qutub Minar : The world’s tallest brick minaret.

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World’s Tallest Minaret : The Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar is one of the world famous Indian heritage sites, which is  situated at Mehrauli in Delhi. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world with a height of 72.5 meter. It is designed according to the Indo-Mughal architecture style. The Qutub Minar is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Image of the worlds tallest Minaret : Qutub Minar (Image source : Wikipedia)
The world’s tallest Minaret : Qutub Minar (Image source : Wikipedia)

About Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar also written as Qutab Minar.
It is the 2nd tallest minar (73 metres) in India.
First tallest minar is Fateh Burj (100 meters) which is situated in Mohali .
The Qutub Minar was made of red sandstone and marble.
The diameter of Qutub Minar is 14.32 m at the base and 2.75 m on the top.
Qutub Minar is 73 m in height.
Qutub Minar has 379 stairs.
The Qutub Minar constructed for the purpose of mu’azzin (crier) to give calls for prayer.

Image of Qutub Minar Delhi
Qutub Minar Delhi

Many historians believe that it was named after Qutub-ud-din Aibak but according to some historians it was named in honour of the Sufi Saint Qutabuddin Bakhtiar Kaki.
It is surrounded by several ancient and medieval structures and ruins, which is  collectively known as the Qutb complex.

Construction Story of Qutub Minar

The foundation of the tower was laid down by Qutubu’d – Din Aibak in 1192 AD.
and It was carried on by his successor, Iltutmish.
The next three stories were build by Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish, the son – in – law of Qutubu’d – Din Aibak.
Firoz Shah Tughlaq constructed the fifth and the last storey In 1368.
The Qutub Minar stories are surrounded by protruding balconies, encircling the tower.
Qutub Minar contains inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari, which describe its history.

During Firoz Shah Tughlaq regim , the minar’s two top floors were damaged due to lightning but were repaired by Firoz Shah.

Qutub Minar Balcony
Balcony of Qutub Minar
Qutub Minaris also damaged by earthquake in 1505 and It was repaired by Sikandar Lodi.
Major. R. Smith repaired and restored the Qutub Minar in 1829.
According to the Archeological Survey of India, the site at which Qutub Minar is located was once occupied by 27 Hindu and Jain temples.
The construction of the monument was made from the sculptured stones of several Hindu temples. This is evident from the Devanagari engravings on the many stone surfaces of the monument.
Rust Free Iron Pillar Near Qutub Minar
The Ashoka Stumbh ( a rust free iron pillar)

In the Same Qutub complex you find an Iron Pillar which highlights the ancient India’s achievements in metallurgy. The pillar is made of 98 per cent wrought iron and has stood 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing.

Location
 Mehrauli, Delhi
Nearest Metro Station
Qutab Minar
Open
 All days
Entry Fee For Indian
Rs 10
Entry Fee For foreigners
Rs 250
Days Closed
 None
Photography
Allowed
Source
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 http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/facts-about-qutab-minar-3066.html

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