Qutub Minar

Somewhere around the Minar’s site, I got a picture of a plaque where the following was written:

“THE FOUNDATION OF THIS WORLD-FAMOUS TOWER, KNOWN AS QUTUB MINAR, WAS LAID BY QUTBUDDIN AIBAK OF THE MAMLUK DYNASTY TOWARDS THE END OF THE TWELFTH CENTURY. THE CONSTRUCTION WAS INTERRUPTED OF THE FIRST STORY BY HIS DEATH, AND THE REMAINING THREE STORIES WERE COMPLETED IN MATCHING MATERIAL AND STYLE BY HIS SUCCESSOR ILTUTMISH, COMMONLY KNOWN AS ALTAMASH, IN A.D 1230. IN A.D 1368 THE MINAR WAS DAMAGED BY LIGHTNING, AND LATER FIRUZ SHAH TUGHLUQ (A.D 1351-88) REPLACED THE TOP STORY BY EXISTING TWO STORIES FACED WITH MARBLE. SIKANDAR LODI (A.D 1489-1517) ALSO EXECUTED SOME REPAIRS TO THE MINAR IN A.D 1503, WHEN IT WAS AGAIN DAMAGED BY LIGHTNING.
THE TOWER HAS A DIAMETER OF ABOUT 14.32M AT THE BASE AND OF ABOUT 2.75M AT THE TOP WITH A HEIGHT OF 72.5M AND ASCENDED BY 379 STEPS, IT IS THE HIGHEST STONE TOWER IN INDIA AND A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF MINAR KNOWN TO EXIST ANYWHERE. THE VARIEGATED PLAN OF ITS THREE LOWER STOREYS, THE PROJECTING BALCONIES WITH STALACITITE PENDENTIVE BRACKETS AND ORNATE BANDS OF INSCRIPTIONS ON ITSFACADES HEIGHTEN ITS DECORATIVE EFFECTS.”

Qutub Minar

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