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Qutub Minar

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In 1199, Qutub-ud-din Aibak started work on the Qutab Minar to celebrate the advent of Muslim dominance in Delhi. It was completed in the 13th century by his successors. The word 'Qutub' itself means 'pole of justice.' It is one of the earliest monuments of the Afghan period in India. Arabic quotations are intricately carved in stone on the tower. It is an architectural marvel of the 13th century. Made of red sandstone, the Qutub Minar, 73 metres high, tapers from a 15 metre diameter base to 2.5 metres at the top, and can be ascended by a circular stairway. It was one of the tallest structures in the world for centuries and still stands unscathed, apart from a slight tilt caused by an earthquake. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth of marble and sandstone. The structure was also probably built as a Minar, or place to call the faithful to prayer. It is often viewed as a symbol of the military might of the Turko-Afghan dynasty and Islam.


Product Code FARSM-03
Dimensions 9" X 11" W
229 mm W
Width X Height