Delhi is strewn with monuments of victory, love, grief and other emotions the sahibs and sultans were capable of propagating with grandeur available at hand, employing the best of architectural talents. To celebrate his victory over a Hindu kingdom, Qutab-ud-din Aibak installed this towering structure, 73 m that is entirely made with red sandstone and marbles. Though the work started in Aibak’s period in 1192, it continued on with his successor – Iltutmish adding up to the structure and finally, in 1368 Tughlaq finished the structure by building the fifth storey.
The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque inside the complex is considered to be the first mosque of India. Qutab-ud-din Aibak is also the first muslim ruler of Delhi. Experts concur that the structure is either built with the help of destroyed Hindu structures or that Hindu craftsmen have been employed in its construction since it is possible to spot Devanagiri inscriptions. Either way, Qutb is a treat to watch in the fading light of the day.
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