World Heritage #0233 – Qutb Minar

Last modified 30.10.2022 | Published 09.04.2017India, South and Southeast Asia, World Heritage Sites

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The tallest brick minaret in the world, the Qutb Minar, was built as a victory tower after 1192. It was developed during the next centuries until it reached its present height of 72.5 m.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes more than a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Official facts

  • Full name of site: Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
  • Country: India
  • Date of Inscription: 1993
  • Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 233:

Built in the early 13th century a few kilometres south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu’l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.

My visit

The tower, or minaret, of Qutub Minar stands within a large complex with several other buildings. Arriving here under the setting sun on a Sunday, I found the lawns and ruins filled with locals enjoying a day out. There are plenty of impressive stone carvings to keep you entertained for a long time. Most date back to the same time period as the minaret. The strange iron pillar standing near the minaret dates as far back as 402 AD. 

Read more about my visit.

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