I apologise for the delay in posting this one in the series.
Atlast, the Minaret, the Qutub-Minar, made of red and buff standstone is the highest tower in India. It has a diameter of 14.32m at the base and about 2.75m on the top with a height of 72.5m. Qutb-u'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Qutab Minar in AD 1199. The minar was said to have been built to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori, the invader from Afghanistan, over the Rajputs in 1192. He raised the first storey, to which were added three more storeys by his successor and son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din IItutmish (AD 1211-36). All the storeys are surrounded by a projected balcony encircling the Minar and supported by stone brackets, which are decorated with honeycomb design, more conspicuously in the first storey.
Numerous inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari characters in different places of the Minar reveal the history of Qutb. According to the inscriptions on its surface it was repaired by Firoz Shah Tughlaq (AD 1351-88) and Sikandar Lodi (AD 1489-1517).
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, to the northeast of Minar was built by Qutbu'd-Din Aibak in AD 1198. It is the earliest mosque built by the Delhi Sultans. It consists of a rectangular courtyard enclosed by cloisters, erected with the carved columns and architectural members of 27 Hindu and Jain temples, which were demolished by Qutbu'd-Din Aibak as recorded in his inscription on the main eastern entrance.
Ala 'i- Darwaza, the southern gateway of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was constructed by Alau'd-Din Khalji in AH 710 (AD 1311) as recorded in the inscriptions engraved on it. This is the first building employing Islamic principles of construction and ornamentation.
The other remains in the Qutab complex comprise of graves, tombs, mosque and architectural members.
PP done: Color Adjustment,Saturation adjustment,Crop.
The uncropped version is posted as the WS.
Info Courtesy: http://www.indhistory.com/qutub-minar.html
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ramthakur (1516) 2006-05-28 13:30
I like your image of this famous monument. Very good perspective and details. People walking on the lawn provide the scale.
Nice informative note on the historical importance of this tower.
I stood on top of it in 1958!
pranab (5354) 2006-05-30 1:52
this is one of the finest photo of qutab minar i've seen in te.
good dof and light with color. great composition and pov.
franklee (24) 2006-05-30 10:33
I have never seen this place before. Wow it's very impressive. Good proportions in the image and I like the fact that there are people in the frame, it gives us a good idea of the size of this piece of art.
InasiaJones (31338) 2006-05-30 16:47
This one is superb and represent a perfect complement to your previous images. Reading the other comments youíve received, I think you have scored well and this photo is highly appreciated.
Also, I personally have to thank you for the very generous and detailed note. Itís all very interesting; thatís what Treakearth is all about!
Angshu (54689) 2006-06-15 3:31
I like your perspective here..contrasting with the mosque. Somehow I can't get over the less sharpness. I like the green in the FG & the people give an idea of the scale
Vato_Law (12720) 2006-06-19 18:36
Great photo from this place. Like the details and colours of this place. I also like the contrasts between the building and the ground and sky.
ArtLook (2348) 2006-06-26 21:15
Impressive tower and very nice arhcitecture details. I like the colors on this photo, but it is seems that not enought contrast and sharpeness here. Very well composed with people for scale the size of this tall tower. Thank you for sharing.
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hello_ishan (1571) 2006-12-22 2:01
You have captured nicely this historic structure. I like your details also. Thanks for sharing.
CDez (1415) 2007-01-25 13:36
merci de nous faire partager les merveilles architecturales de ton pays.
- Copyright: Vikram Prakash (postvikram) (1199)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-04-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Fuji FinePix A330
- Exposure: f/5.8, 1/530 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-28 12:41
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