Qutub Minar is one of the highest stone towers in all over the world which is made of red and buff sandstone. This monument was commenced in the year 1192 under the orders of Qutb-ud-din-Aibak, India’s first Muslim ruler. After that, it was later completed by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish in 1386. This is an exquisite masterpiece of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. This complex is surrounded by numerous ancient and medieval structures and ruins which is collectively known as Qutb complex. This wonderful complex is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Qutub Minar is a tall complex with 379 steps leading to the top having 14.3 meters diameter of the base. The top floor of the monument measures 2.75 meters in diameter. The complex where Qutub Minar is located consists of many important monuments such as the Alai darwaza, the iconic Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, tombs of important personalities of the time as Iltutmish, Imam Zamin, Ala-ud-din khilji, the awesome Iron pillar and so on. Whenever you go to visit this great monument, you must see the places like
Iron pillar is located at the courtyard of the Quwwatu’l-islam belonging to 4th century. This monument is enclosed in New Delhi’s Qutub Minar complex raising to a height of 7 meters and also weighs more than 6 tons. The Sanskrit inscriptions on the pillar tell us that it was erected as a flagstaff in the honour of Hindu god Vishnu and in the memory of Chandra Gupta.
The Legends of Qutub Minar
We can see a number of legends related to the Qutub Minar of Delhi. This is misconception that it was constructed by Prithviraj Chauhan for his daughter so that she could behold the sacred river Yamuna from its top as part of her worship daily.
Quwwatu’l-Islam mosque is located close to Qutub Minar in the city and it is believed to have been built using the carved stone slabs and materials of the remains of Hindu temples.
Tomb of Iltutmish
The tomb of Iltutmish was built by Shamsu’d-Din Iltutmish in the year 1235 that lies to the Northwest of the Quwwatu’l Islam Mosque of Delhi. But there is gap of five years in the construction of Sultan Ghauri’s tomb and tomb of Iltutmish.