Qutb Minar – a photo essay

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.

Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
The minaret
The minaret

 

Qutb Minar - a closer look
Qutb Minar – a closer look

 

The towering minaret
The towering minaret
Qutb is largely a red sandstone structure
Qutb is largely a red sandstone structure
Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar
the restored archways
the restored archways
Another view
Another view
Qutb minar at a distance
Qutb minar at a distance
the crumbling structures
the crumbling structures
One last pose - at Qutb
One last pose – at Qutb Minar

Have you been to Qutb Minar? What has been your experience? Leave a comment.

 

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4 thoughts on “Qutb Minar – a photo essay

  1. Prathap

    There is a iron tower just in front of it which is a monument by itself. I don’t know it’s history but I’ve heard it’s an engineering wonder by itself.

    Love The Sunlit Window.

    Roby

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