by Antonio Gil August. 26, 2015 2069 views

Standing at the center of the Quwwatul Mosque the Iron Pillar is one of Delhi's most curious structures. Dating back to 4th century A.D., the pillar bears an inscription which states that it was erected as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta II (375-413). How the pillar moved to its present location remains a mystery. The pillar also highlights 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. The pillar has attracted the attention of archaeologists and materials scientists and has been called “a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths” because of its high resistance to corrosion. The corrosion resistance results from an even layer of crystalline iron hydrogen phosphate forming on the high phosphorus content iron, which serves to protect it from the effects of the local Delhi climate.

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7.3 m tall, with one meter below the ground; the diameter is 48 centimeters at the foot, tapering to 29 cm at the top, just below the base of the wonderfully crafted capital; it weighs approximately 6.5 tones, and was manufactured by forged welding

♫♫ DELHIWONDERS : THE IRON PILLAR ♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Giancarlo Fosci 5 years, 8 months ago

stunning set, congratulations my friend!

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Evalizette Hansson 5 years, 8 months ago

You posted some amazing sets while I was away from here! I enjoyed looking back on them so much! Great work allover my friend :)

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Sadhya Rippon 5 years, 8 months ago

It's those clouds in the last shot that really caught my attention, but the architecture is of course totally wonderful and incomprehensible!

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Mike Meliska 5 years, 8 months ago

Like the HDR effect on 5.

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G B 5 years, 8 months ago

just unbelievably beautiful!!

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Dan Ravasio 5 years, 8 months ago

#5..... wow, wow, wow

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 8 months ago

The craftsman ship is stunning.

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Gonia 5 years, 8 months ago

In old time they knew better how to built much better than now. It was Art. I ' m glad to see this.

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow! Fantastic subjects, POVs, colors, framing & info!

5 years, 8 months ago Edited
Louise Hayes 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow my friend....you really know how to have and document a holiday.....India revisited for me.....taking me back

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