Facts about Qutab minar
Minar, the 239ft sandstone tower is an Indo-Islamic architectural
wonder of ancient India. This magnificent tower of victory
stands in the
Qutab Complex located at Aurabindo Marg, near Mehrauli, 14 Km
Connaught place in Delhi.
The complex has a number of other important
the gateway built in 1310, the Alai Darwaza, Quwwat-ul-Islam
of the oldest existing mosques in India, the tombs of Altamish,
Khalji and Imam Zamin; the 2000 year old 7m high Iron Pillar-
Minar; another tower 27m high, the Madrasa or School, great
Qutbuddin Aibak in the mosque etc.
Qutubuddin Aibak of Slave dynasty laid the foundation of the
in 1199, adjoining the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, to proclaim the
of Islam, after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi.
the Afghan, Muhammad of Ghur who ousted the last Hindu king
Chauhan in AD 1192, but he returned to his country leaving
as his viceroy. In 1206, on his masters death, Aibak crowned
the Sultan of Delhi.
The word 'Qutab Minar' means 'axis minaret'.
which dominates the countryside for miles around has five
marked by a projecting balcony. The tower was built in three
Qutab-ud-Din completed the first storey. Second, third and the
were completed by his successor and son-in -law, Illtutmish in
minar was first struck by lightening in AD 1368 and the fallen
was replaced by two storeys's, the fourth and the fifth in 1370
Feroz Shah Tughlaq (AD 1351-88).
Qutab Minar with a height of 72.5m (239ft),
is the highest
stone tower in India and has a diametre of 14.32 metres at the
about 2.75 metres at the top. The first three storeys are made
sandstone and are heavily indented with different styles of
round and angular on the bottom floor, round on the second and
on the third. The fourth and fifth floors are made of marble and