Qûtb Minâr, a spectacular mosque

Qûtb Minâr, a spectacular mosque

An architectural ensemble of tombs and religious buildings, the Qûtb Minâr's famous minaret celebrates the victory of a Muslim sultan.

Built in the early 13th century, Qutb Minar's minaret is the tallest in India. This victory tower rises over four floors to nearly 73 metres, with a diameter of 15 metres at the base and 2.50 metres at the top. This architectural feat was conceived at the initiative of the Mehrauli sultans who wished to strengthen the power of the Muslim state through stonework. It was hard work for Hindu craftsmen, who had to shape the rock, carving ornamental motifs and the calligraphy of the Koranic verses by hammering the surface.

On the archaeological site you will explore the tombs, the magnificent Alai-Darwaza, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art built in 1311, and two mosques, including that of Quwwat-ul-Islam. The latter is the oldest in northern India and was built with materials from twenty Brahman temples.

Qûtb Minâr
New Delhi
Delhi 110030

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