Photographer's Note

This photo was taken in corridors of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque inside Qutub Minar Complex

This is one of World Heritage monumement.The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque has the beautiful, curvaceous Islamic calligraphy, the arabesque designs and then there are pillars with clearly pre-Islamic Hindu motifs.

Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was built in 1192 - 1999. Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque is known as the Quwwat Ul Islam (Might of Islam), this is the earliest extant mosque in the country. It consists of a rectangular courtyard, 43.2 meters by 32.9 meters, enclosed by cloisters which were erected by Qutb-Ud-Din Aibak with the carved columns and other architectural members of twenty such Hindu and Jain temples. The construction of the mosque was begun in 1193 AD by Qutb-Ud-Din Aibak of the Mamluk(or the slave) dynasty and completed in 1197 AD. A massive stone screen of lofty five arches was put up in front of its prayer hall which imparted an Islamic character to the building. The screen is beautifully carved with borders of inscriptions and geometrical and arabesque designs. But the hand of the craftsmen used to Hindu motifs is nonetheless clear in naturalistic curved lines.

You can see some other picture of this same location
Qutub Minar
Pillars 2

** This is a panoromic picture, Combine with three picturs. (Click on Image to large View), Taken without TRIPOD. Critique & Suggestions Please.....


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