Qutub Minar Showing The Basement, 1880 Photo

Qutub Minar Showing The Basement, 1880 Photo

An old 1880 photo of the Qutub Minar showing the basement. The Qutib Minar is 240 feet in height and rises in five stories, with a diameter of 47 feet at the base, gradually diminishing to 9 feet at the top. There are 379 steps winding up till the top. The base of the Minar is a polygon of 24 sides, altogether measuring 147 feet.

The Qutub Minar’s basement exterior is fluted alternately in 27 angular and semi-circular faces.  In the second story, the flutings are only semi-circular., and in the third it is angular. The fourth story is circular and plain., and the fifth story has some semi-circular flutings. The Qutub Minar is located in the Meharauli area of South Delhi.

It towers over this historic area where Qutbuddin Aibak laid the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate. In 1193, he built the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and the Qutub Minar. There are some slight obscurities as to who constructed this spectacular tower. It is believed the construction began with Qutubuddin Aibak and completed by his successor Illtutmish. Intricate Arabic calligraphic and decorative carvings are visible all around up to the top. Also visible are two European children apparently with their guardian.

Did you know – the Qutub Minar is a victory tower that is part of the Qutub complex, which is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Qutub Minar Showing The Basement, 1880 Photo

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