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Located about 13km (8 miles) south of Connaught Place stands the world famous, red sandstone and marble, tower of victory, the Qutab Minar. Built in the early 13th century, it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutab-ud-Din Aibak, Muhammad Ghori's chief general and Turkish slave laid the foundation of this tower, which is 72.5m high. It tapers from 2.75m in diameter at its peak to 14.32m at its base. Built to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Ghori over the Rajputs in 1192, Qutab Minar is the highest stone tower in India, with 379 steps in five distinct storeys. The best example of a 'Minar' to exist anywhere in the world, its storeys alternate from angular sections to different styles of rounded flutings and projecting balconies.
The minar was damaged by lightning. Later, Firoz Shah Tughluq (1351-88) replaced the top storey by the existing two storeys faced with marble. Sikandar Lodi (1489-1517) also executed repairs in 1503 when it was again struck by lightning (who says lightning never strikes twice!).
Open: Sunrise to Sunset everyday. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners.
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