Things to see / do in Qutub Minar , Delhi

Qutab Minar literally means axis minaret. The tower which dictates the country-side for miles in the region of and has five storey, every one discernible by projecting balconies. The tower was erected in three stages. Qutab-ud-Din finished the first storey. Second, third and fourth were completed by his descendant and son-in -law, Illtutmish during 1230. The minar was hit by lightening during AD 1368 and the collapsed top storey was replaced by two storeys, the fourth along with the fifth in 1370 AD by Feroz Shah Tughlaq.

Qutab Minar with an elevation of 72.5 mt (239 ft) is the utmost stone tower in India and has a diameter of 14.32 meters at the bottom and nearly 2.75 meters at the apex. The first three stories are of red sandstone and are greatly cavernous with diverse styles of fluting, alternately in circles and angular on the bottom level, encircling on the second and pointed on the third. The fourth and fifth floors are finished of marble and sandstone.

The adornment of the Qutab Minar is over and over again Islamic in nature from foundation to crown; despite the fact that the to some extent fusion style of Firoz Shah's afterward add-ons are distinctly diverse. Several inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters are observed as extensive encompassing bands in the basic fluted masonry of the Minar. These inscriptions divulge the history of Qutub, from its origination in 1199 AD to its repairs amid.

There is an entrance on the northern side, which leads within the tower to a spiral staircase with 379 steps that finds its way up to the balcony in every floor and culminates in a podium at the crest. The convoluted balconies held collectively by stalactite vaulting method and ornate by means of honey combing is a extraordinary feature of the minar.

The minar has endured a sequence of lightening bolts and earthquakes for the duration of the precedent centuries. Subsequent to the first lighting hit way back during AD1368 thumped off the peak storey and two floors replaced as a substitute by Firoz Shah Tuglaq, inscriptions signify that auxiliary repairs were completed by Sultan Sikander Lodi in 1503. Afterward in 1803, the cupola on the crown was crushed down and the entire pillar was gravely damaged by an earthquake.

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