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Qutub Minar


 

 

The famous Qutub Minar in Delhi is a tower, which claims the distinction of being the tallest building in stone. Said to be a tower of victory, it rises to a height of 73 m. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, after defeating the last Hindu monarchy in Delhi, commenced construction of this tower of year 1193rd Although Qutab-ud-Din Aibak began construction of the tower, he could not complete the monument in his lifetime. Later additions were made by his successors. Three stories were built from Iltutmush, while the fifth and the last two were the work of Firoz Shah Tughlak.

                                               Qutub Minar has five stories, with the first three are made of red sandstone and the fourth and fifth, it was done in both marble and sandstone. . There is little disagreement about the origins of Qutub Minar, Delhi. A legend says it was built as a victory lap to celebrate the beginning of Muslim rule in India. Another legend says it was built as a minaret muezzin calling the faithful to prayer. Qutub Minar is decorated with bands of inscriptions and four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets. There is also the mosque Quwwat-ul-Islam, the first mosque in India, located on the bottom of the Qutab Minar.