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Qutb Minar


Qutb Minar

India Tourism Office
Daily; not Mon
Hours: Tue-Sun 7.30am-5.30pm
Cost: Indian nationals Rs10; foreigners Rs250
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The buildings in Delhi's Qutb Minar complex date from the onset of Muslim rule in India and are fine examples of early Afghan architecture.
The Qutb Minar itself is a soaring tower, nearly 73 metres high. 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 surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, a masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from 20 Brahman temples.
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