"The Qutb Complex" New Delhi Things to Do Tip by NedHopkins

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  Qutb Minar
by NedHopkins

Three well-preserved structures and many ruins comprise the Qutb complex. The most famous is Qutb Minar, the 250-foot high tower built by Delhi's first Muslim ruler, in 1193, and pictured here.

On our way to the complex, my son and I consulted a locally printed guide. It said the tower was 752 meters high. That would have made it about 2,500 feet -- or about 2.5 times the height of the tallest buildings in the world. We were both dubious and excited. We were disabused of seeing the highest thing mankind has ever erected: a printer had omitted a decimal point. Qutb Minar is 75.2 meters high.

In the complex a splendid gateway and a fine mosque -- in much need of repair -- are also worth one's time.

(Unhappily, the Muslims destroyed a number of Hindu temples in order to get materials for their own buildings -- rather like the popes ripped marble off the Colosseum and other ancient Roman structures to build their churches and palaces.)

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2005
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