Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in the world which is made up of bricks. The minaret is a part of Qutab Complex, which is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli region of Delhi. The Qutub Minar is located in Delhi which is also included in Golden Triangle Tour. The most popular Indian tour circuit includes Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur the gems of India. The Capital city Delhi holds three popular UNESCO’ sites such as Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutub Minar.
The monument is 73 meter (239. 5 feet) tall tower of five storeys with a 14. 3 meters (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 meters (9 feet) at the top of the peak. The structure beautifully contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps.Enquire Now
History of Qutub Minar
In the late 1192 century, Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak was the founder of the Delhi Sultanate started its constructions. Later the architecture was continued by the ancestors of Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak. The minar is beautifully surrounded by several historically significant monuments of the Qutub Complex which includes Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque. The mosque was built at the same time during the ruler of Delhi Sultanate which is a much older Iron Pillar of Delhi.
Natural Disasters that destroyed the structure
- In the late 1369 century, the top storey of Qutub Minar was damaged by the lighting and later it was reconstructed by the Firuz Shah Tughlaq. He added one more storey to the Minar’s structure.
- After this in the late 1505 century, an earthquake damaged the structure of Qutub Minar and it was repaired by the Sikandar Lodhi.
- On 1 September, a major disaster was caused a very serious damage to the Qutub Minar and was repaired by Major Robert Smith ( the British Indian Army ) who renovated the tower in 1828 and installed a pillared cupola over the fifth storey. Later the cupola was reinstalled at the ground level to the east of Qutub Minar and it was known as “Smith’s Folly” Enquire Now
The architecture of Qutub Minar
Afghanistan’s Minaret of Jam is a tower style was adapted from local artistic conventions by the incorporation of “looped bells, garlands, and lotus borders into the carvings”. Endless inscriptions in Parso-Arabic and Nagari Characters in different sections of the Qutub Minar reveal the history of its astonishing construction. Later the restoration and repairs were made by the Firoz Shah Tughlaq and Sikandar Lodhi.
Structure of the tower contains five storeys. The lowest three was comprised of cylindrical shafts or columns of pastel red sandstone. The fourth column is of marble which is comparatively plain. The fifth storey was made of marble and sandstone, the flanges are of darker color of red sandstone which is engraved with Quranic texts and other decorative elements. The whole tower contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Enquire Now
The ancient secrets of Qutub Minar
The Qutub Complex is constructed on the ruins of the Lal Kot Fort and once it shelters 27 ancient Hindu and Jain Temples. these were destroyed by the but some of its ruins can still seem in the surrounding of Qutub Complex. The structure was built of stunning latticed stone screens which is the finest example of Islamic Architecture. It includes the Qutub Mosques, the Tomb of Illtutmish ( the second sultan of Delhi ), and the stunning iron pillar.
The Qutub Complex holds the popular Qutub Festival every year in October. The festival lasts for 3 days which showcases the Arts of India with the spectacular backdrop of this ancient monument which highlights the glorified culture of India.
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