Saturday, October 26, 2013

Delhi - Part 5 - Qutb Minar

My first stop of the day was the Qutb Minar. The highlight of this site is a 72.5 m (238 ft) tall stone tower built in the early 13th Century. Impressive doesn't begin to do it justice.

To get a perspective of the size, note the size of the people at the bottom of the tower.
A close-up view of the first balcony.

A later ruler decided that he needed a tower twice the height. He died long before it was finished, and a 24.5 meter (80 ft) core remains -- it did not even get to the first balcony.

India's history and climate have exacted a toll on many of the surrounding structures.
But this does let you see how the interior is filled with rubble, then faced with exquisite stone work.

One of the niches (mihrabs) inIltutmish's Tomb -- part of the Qutb Minar complex.

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