Sunday, October 26, 2008

Qutub Minar & the Qutub Complex, New Delhi

Thanks for coming to see my blog. This posting is dedicated to a stunning set of ancient and medieval ruins called the Qutub complex with the famous Qutub Minar (minaret, tower) as its centrepiece. In the first photo you can see a group of colourful Indians about to enter the complex.

The Qutub Minar is the tallest brick and sandstone Minaret in the world, Construction took nearly 200 years. It was completed in 1386 and is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture.

I fell in love with it and could hardly drag myself away. I hope the photos give you a sense of the beauty, history and culture that it evoked for me.

Daniela and I are going to Australia on 1 November for 2 weeks so look out for a new posting after 15 November! I can't wait to take photos in Australia!!

Happy Diwali for Monday 27 October to everyone who celebrates it.


A gateway arch on the perimeter of the
ruin complex

The beautiful and imposing Qutub Minar.
72 meters high and made of red sandstone

The sandstone creates a warm and inviting
feel to the buildings. Reminds me of some of
the temples I saw in Tamil Nadu

The elegance of the Hindu pillars is stunning

Very cute little visitor to the ruins.
I wonder what he thinks of it all.

Alai Minar, the Victory Tower. This minaret
was meant to be twice the height of the completed
Qutub Minar. It was commenced by Alauddin Khalji
but he died before the first storey was completed
and the project was abandoned

Tomb of Iltutmish. He was the third
Muslim Turkic sultan of the Sultanate of Delhi
He died in 1236

The arches that define the boundary of the
courtyard of the Quwwatu'l-Islam. The
pillars have clear Hindu motifs and are
believed to have been taken from the 27
temples of Qila Rai Pithora, the city of the
Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan.

The famous iron pillar situated in the courtyard
of the mosque is from the 4th century.
It is thought it was brought to Delhi by Anangpal,
the Tomar king
who founded Delhi

Those gorgeous pillars!

Alai Darwaza the southern gateway of the

Iman Zamin's tomb, Alai Darwaza
and Qutub Minar

Iman Zamin's tomb. Iman Zamin was a Turkish
holy man called Mohammad Ali. He came to
during the reign of Sikandar Lodi and
was a revered Iman.

Mirror, mirror in my hand,
who is the fairest in the land?

Qutub Minar from the Mughal gardens

Classic view of the minaret.
Difficult to stop taking photos of it!

Interior of part of the ruins

Ancient street

The Qutub complex

It was a very hot day!

I don't know what this is.
It is in the Mughal gardens

The Hindu pillars in all their elegance

An entrance to the mosque. You can see the
iron pillar in the courtyard on the right

Soooooooo cute!
Bye bye from Qutub Minar.

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