The best know edifice in Hyderabad, the Charminar, meaning ‘four pillars, is a square structure comprising of four minarets which rise to a height of 48.7m above the ground. It also houses a mosque and 45 prayer spaces. This exquisite monument was built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad. Granite and lime-mortar were chiefly used for its construction. The Charminar is an example of the Cazia style of architecture. In 1824 this monument was replastered at a cost of INR 100,000. The Charminar Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Year of completion: 1591 Hyderabad
Qutb Minar New Delhi Year of Erection: 1199 A few kilometers south of Delhi stands India’s best-known minaret – The Qutb Minar. Built in red and buff sandstone, the monument rises to an imposing height of 72.5 metres. Several inscriptions on the minaret in Arabic indicate its history. The tower was erected in 1199 by Qutbu’d-Din Aibak and three more stories were added to it by his successor, Shamsu’d –Din Iltutmish (AD 1211 – 1236). The Qutb Minar was declared a World Heritage Monument in 1993.
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