Qutub Minar
Delhi • India

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See also: Humayuns TombRed FortJama Masjid

Qutub Minar, Delhi, India
Qutub Minar is a magnificent free standing minaret that stands an incredible 72.5 meters in height and is the worlds tallest spire of its kind and is now on the UNESCO World Heritage site.

It was in the 12th century that construction first began on Qutub Minar by the order of Qutbuddin Aibak who was ruler of Delhi at the time. Unfortunately Qutbuddin Aibak died during a game of polo with only the base of the tower completed. He was succeeded by his son in law Iltutmish who continued on with the construction of the tower and added a further three stories to the existing base. The last two stories of the tower were added later by Firoz Shah Tughlaq in 1386.

The minaret has several carved aspects of the columns facia and is mostly made of red sandstone except at the very top of the tower which is made of white marble. There are 379 steps which spiral to the top and the building which contains 5 stories with balconies placed on each level. The building is also unique due to the many engravings from the Quaran.

At the base of Qutub Minar there are several other buildings which are also built of red sandstone and so fit in beautifully with this special structure.

Attraction Location Guide
Qutub Minar is around 12 kilometers to the South West of New Delhi.