Qutb Minar, Delhi, India (info)

Begun by Qutb-ud-din Aibak

Qutb-ud-din Aibak commissioned this as a tower of victory to mark the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi

Imported architecture

Examples of early Afghan architecture

Five storeys, 73m high

Five storeys, 73 meters high

Of sandstone and marble

First three storeys in red sandstone, the fourth and fifth are sandstone and marble.

Carved in stone


Afternoon glow (more)

Just the column (1, 2, 3)

Carved in stone


Tomb of Iman Zamin

Tomb of Iman Zamin

Old iron pillar (inscription)

Courtyard with a much older Iron Pillar

Adjoining garden

Adjoining garden

Outside Might of Islam mosque

Outside the first mosque built in India (1193), the Might of Islam mosque

Stump of Alai Minar

Stump of Alai Minar

Iltutmish's tomb
(Wall detail: 1, 2)

Iltutmish ascended the throne of Delhi in 1210. He died in 1236, but had his tomb built a year earlier in 1235.

Local denizen

Qutb Minar from tomb

The photos above were taken in 2005, the ones below in Aug 2013

From red sandstone and marble

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Stonework detail

Surrounding lawns (1, 2)


Designed in collaboration with Vitalect, Inc.