With 16.3 million residents, the crowded city of Delhi is full of things to see and do. However, even with so much to choose from, one of the most impressive structures is Qutub Minar.
Qutub Minar is an ancient monument, situated in the Mehrauli district of Delhi. Stretching more than 73 metres high, this magnificent structure is easy to spot and a pleasure to experience.
A Historical Attraction
Although Delhi is a very modern city, Qutub Minar dates back to 1199. At this time, the structure was designed and built under the leadership of the ancient Delhi Sultanate. More of the structure was commissioned in 1220 when three additional levels were added to bring it to its current height.
Over the centuries, Qutub Minar has sustained damage through various natural disasters. In the 1300s, the top of the minar was struck by lightning, and an earthquake in the early 1500s inflicted more damage. Massive renovations had to be completed again in the 1800s after another earthquake rattled the structure. Although the basic design of the minar has stayed the same over the centuries, each successive restoration has added its own flair to this modern attraction.
Minars, also known as minarets, serve as symbols in the Muslim community. Minarets are often added to mosques to provide a point of reference. This way, no matter where you are in the city, it is easy to know which direction to turn during the traditional call to prayer in Muslim cultures. This call to prayer occurs five times a day, which is why it is important to have a high point that can be seen from anywhere in the city.
Most of the time, minars are the most notable exterior features of any mosque. The styles vary significantly, but many feature spires and other embellishments. Even with so many minars throughout the world, Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minar still standing.
The height of Qutub Minar is the first thing you will notice. The base of the structure was made from red sandstone. Subsequent additions and renovations added distinctive marble finishes. The structure features shafts shaped like cylinders, which surround the structure and become narrow toward the top. There are various balconies on the way up, providing open air points of access. In total, there are 379 steps to get to the top of Qutub Minar. Other adornments give the minar added architectural interest. The sandstone is intricately carved, featuring verses from the Muslim holy book.
A Tourism Experience
Qutub Minar is close to other historical attractions in Delhi. While visiting Qutub Minar, you may also want to visit the Iron Pillar of Delhi and the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. During your stay, it is easy to navigate through the rest of Delhi and there are many choices for hotels near Delhi airport. You can pick and choose from various 5-star hotels in Delhi, like the stylish Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, to make your visit to Qutub Minar one to remember.
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