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Country : India State : Delhi (state) City : Delhi         Qutab Minar         
     
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This 230 ft tall piece of Afghan architecture shows the skill and aesthetic sense of the people from that era. The work on the monument began in the 12th century, by Qutb-ud-din Albak and was completed in the 13th century by his successors. The monument was built as a mark of Muslim dominance in Delhi.

This unique monument, which tapers from 15 mts. in diameter at the base to 2.5 mts. at the top, has withstood the onslaught of time, displaying the quality work of the artisans of that era. Although a slight tilt has taken place in recent years, it is still a fascinating piece of architecture and a great tourist attraction.

The tower is made up of five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. Beautiful calligraphy adorns its adjacent edifices. The first three storeys of the tower are made of red sandstone, the fourth is made of marble, while the fifth is made of sandstone again. The Qutb Minar is covered with intricate carvings and deeply inscribed verses from the Koran.

During the Muslim dominance, this tower was used as a minaret, from which the muezzin made prayer calls. The tower marked the eastern extremity of the Islamic faith, casting the shadow of God over east and west.

Today, this impressively ornate tower still attracts crowds from every where around the world and has been well preserved over the centuries.
 
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