Iron Pillar & Arch At Qutub Minar – Old Photo 1880

This is an old 1880 photograph of the Iron Pillar and arch at the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi. The first thing noticed in the complex after the Qutub Minar itself is the ruins of the Qutub Mosque or the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque. Considered the oldest mosque in Northern India. The other monument noticeable is the amazing Iron Pillar that is rustless and ageless till today.

The Iron Pillar belonging to the 4th or 5th century AD. It is 16 meters in diameter, with a height of around 23 feet. Thought to have been installed there by the Tomar Rajput, Anangpal, in the 10th century. Again the inscription on this ancient mast reveals the name “Chandra” indicating “King Chandra “or  “Chandragupta II” the creator of this pillar. Click on the photo for better view.

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Did you know- previously tourists would rest their backs on the pillar and then encircle it with their arms to see if the fingertips touching each other. This practice was banned in the 1990s and fencing was erected. This was because the surface of the iron showed the formation of light corrosion from human touch.  

From the collection- M F Hussain Painting – Air India Advertising Postcard 1960., View Of Mumbai From Malabar Hill – Old Print 1853., Trivandrum Canal Landing Place – Old Postcard 1900., Nawab Of Bhopal’s Vintage Bentley Car – Old Photo 1926 (#2)

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.

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10x12 inch

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Samuel Bourne