Qutub Minar

Friends,

I hope you all are doing great. Finally I am able to post from by BlackBerry as you can see my last Test Post via BlackBerry.

Today, I am sharing the photos of Qutub Minar.

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About:

Qutab Minar, is the tallest minaret in India [1] and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[2] Located in Delhi, the Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. The Qutub Minar has 379 stairs.[3] It is 72.5 metres (237.8 ft) high and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the last storey. Construction began in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and was completed by Iltutmish.

It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutub complex.

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The Qutub Minar has been damaged by earthquakes and lightning strikes on several occasions but has been repaired and renovated by respective rulers. During the rule of Firoz Shah, the minar’s two top floors were damaged due to lightning but were repaired by Firoz Shah. In 1505, an earthquake struck and it was repaired by Sikandar Lodi. Later in 1794, the minar suffered another earthquake and it was Major Smith, an engineer, who repaired the affected parts of the Qutub Minar.He replaced Firoz Shah’s pavilion at the top of the tower with his own pavilion. This pavilion was removed in 1848 by Lord Hardinge and now stands between the Dak Bungalow and the Minar in the garden. The floors built by Firoz Shah can be distinguished easily as the pavilion was built of white marble and quite smooth compared to the others.

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Forbidden Entry:

Before 1981, the general public could climb to the top of Qutub Minar by climbing up the seven-storey, narrow staircase. However, on 4 December 1981 an accident occurred when an electricity cut plunged the tower’s staircase into darkness. Around 45 people were killed in the stampede that followed the electricity failure. Most of the victims were children because before 1981, school children were allowed free access to historical monuments on Fridays and many school groups were taking advantage of this. Subsequently, public access has been forbidden.

Personally:

Personally, I found it very beautiful and I have visited it several times after October 2011 when I went for the first time.

There are several songs shot in Qutub Complex.
If you wish to see, I am sharing one of the song’s link on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojHe-jdzsRw

Let me know how did you find the photos and information.

Thanks

Nirmit 🙂

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