Photo-Feature: Qutab Minar, a tell tale of Indo-Islamic architecture

Qutab Minar is one of India’s assets, not only has it survived damages from an earthquake from the 16th century, but it has also survived being struck by lightning twice in the 14th century.

Photo-Feature: Qutab Minar, a tell tale of Indo-Islamic architecture
Construction of 72.5 mts high with 379 steps inside the three floors of Qutab Minar was started in 1199 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate and completed in 1220 by his son-in-law Iltutmish in Delhi, India. Photograph: Rajeev Bhatt

Qutab Minar is a gigantic 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. In the modern map the monument is located at Mehrauli, New Delhi.

Green lawns at the Qutab Minar complex an UNESCO World Heritage Site of 13th century Indo-Islamic architecture in Delhi, India. Photograph by: Rajeev Bhatt

With five distinct stories marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three stories are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth stories are of marble and sandstone.