3rd DAY - INDIA (NEW DELHI) - QUTAB MINAR

by Antonio Gil August. 24, 2015 2940 views

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing ‘27 Hindu temples’.

The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer

The Alai Minar, to the north of the enclosure, is the base of a second minaret which was to overtop the Qutb Minar. It was begun by Alau'd-Din-Khalji, but he died before it reached the first storey and work on the structure was abandoned.,

♫♫ ALIEN (UFO) AT QUTUB MINAR, DELHI ♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Evalizette Hansson 5 years, 8 months ago

Love the squirrel!

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Jacki 5 years, 8 months ago

Just gorgeous... #4 is a very interesting photo to me showing a "setting"!

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Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 8 months ago

Superb stone carving.

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Mike Meliska 5 years, 8 months ago

Great detail in the buildings....

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Sara G 5 years, 8 months ago

Very beautiful architecture..even though they bragged about building it from demolished Hindu temples!

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 8 months ago

Fascinating series, as always, Antonio! I wonder what the guy in #5 is look at? Love the lighting in #4. The squirrel is a nice surprise. Amazing structures & great camera work, as well.

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Liz M 5 years, 8 months ago

How skilled the people must have been to build such wonderful structures..very interesting set

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Delightfulpink 5 years, 8 months ago

wow! the second one is unique.

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh the one that wasn't completed made me feel quite sad, the first is just amazing.......

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Larry Sample 5 years, 8 months ago

All are great. Love the critter in #3. That last little bit of text made me giggle a bit. My god is better than yours. Humans.

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Gonia 5 years, 8 months ago

very interesting, very pretty, but I like 3rd the most!

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Dan Ravasio 5 years, 8 months ago

I often wonder if it would be possible for man to build such structures today - even with our advanced tools and technology.....

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Chossid 5 years, 8 months ago

So clear and contrastful - is that a word? - especially #1!

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 8 months ago

Very impressive - can you ascend the tower?

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
John Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

So many wonderful sights on your adventure!!!

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