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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 site, 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.

worlds tallest Minaret : Qutub Minar (Image source : Wikipedia)

Qutb Minar also written as Qutub Minar or Qutab MinarAbout Qutub Minar

It is is the 2nd tallest minar (73 metres) in India
First tallest minar is Fateh Burj (100 meters) which is situated in Mohali  .
The Qutb Minar is 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.

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Many historians believe that it was named after Qutb-ud-din Aibak but according to some historians it was named in honour of the Sufi Saint Qutbuddin 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
Major. R. Smith repaired and restored the Qutub Minar in 1829.Qutub Minaris also daamaged by earthquake in 1505 and It was repaired by Sikandar Lodi.

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.

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In the Same Qutb 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

Wikipedia

Image Source 

Wikipedia

The Famous places Near Qutub Minar are:

Iron Pillar        India Gate       Agrasen ki baoli

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