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Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar is a Islamic monument built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Built as a Victory Tower and used as a minaret, Qutub Minar is one of the most famous monuments in India. The monument is 72.5 meters in height with inscriptions in Parso- Arabic and Nagari characters. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History

The construction of Qutub Minar was started by the Turkish Sultan of Delhi, Qutubuddin Aibak in 1193 AD, to mark the fall of the last Hindu kingdom of Delhi. The construction started at the site of the old fort of the fallen Rajput rivals, and continued after the death of Aibak and his successors added new stories to the tower till its completion in 1326 AD. The Tower and the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, of which it is a part, were in use for centuries. It was damaged many times due to the ravages of nature and was repaired by later rulers, the last major repair being done by the British after an Earthquake.