This is my second picture in the Charminar series. My first one is here.
Charminar is the oldest landmark of Hyderabad, built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah of Qutb Shahi dynasty way back in 1591.
Legend has it that the building honours a promise Quli Qutb Shah made to Allah. He supposedly had prayed for the end of a plague and vowed that he would build a masjid on that very place. The masjid became popularly known as Charminar because of its four (Farsi char = four) minarets (Minar (Arabic manara) = spire/tower), which possibly honour the first four caliphs of Islam. The actual masjid occupies the top floor of the four-story structure.
The elegant structure of the Charminar is a vivid example of Cazia style of architecture comprising of granite and lime-mortar.