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15 Interesting Facts about Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar is one of the most visited tourist spots in the Delhi state of India. But, thinking about its popularity, don’t you think that it had an amazing past.

So, if you want to know some really Amazing Facts about Qutub Minar, then you are at the perfect place.

Today, we have shared 15 most Interesting and Amazing Facts about Qutub Minar about which very little knowledge is present on the Internet.

So, get ready to dive in the world of facts and knowledge as these interesting facts about Qutub Minar will leave you amazed.

  1.  There is a ‘Rust Free’ Iron Pillar in the Qutub Minar Complex
Iron Pillar of Delhi

This astonishing iron pillar in the Qutub Minar Complex of Delhi is around 1600 years old. It 7.2 meters off the ground and 1.1 meters inside the ground.

This iron pillar is mostly known to amaze scientists as it never rusts.

Yeah, although it is made up of iron, it is very resistant to corrosion. In some of the previous years, it had attracted numerous material scientists and archaeologist too.

2.  It took 28 years to complete

Qutub Minar

Yep! The construction of Qutub Minar took 28 years to be completed. The first storey was built under the reign of Qutub-ud-din Aibak.

But don’t you wonder why it took 28 years?

Because the further monument was built by his successors. Only a single storey was completed under Aibak.

Interesting, isn’t it?

3.  Qutub Minar: The Tallest Brick Minaret on the Planet

Yeah, Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret till date. It is 239 feet or simply 72.8 meters in height.

You have to step to 379 stairs if you want to get to the top of the Minar. But wait, you can’t do it!

Read ahead to know why.

Bonus Fact – It is also one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites situated in India

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4.  It is surrounded by tons of historical monuments

Qutub Minar at Delhi

Qutub Minar is not a standalone minaret in the entire campus. It is surrounded by a number of historical monuments which are too of immense importance to India.

Some of the monuments in the complex are:

  • Iron Pillar of Delhi
  • Tomb of Imam Zamin
  • Alai Darwaza
  • Tomb of Iltutmish
  • And many more …

    5.  A Stampede on Qutub Minar!
Newspaper Cutting
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Today, the general public is not allowed inside to Minar. Do you know why?

Because, in December 1981, a stampede occurred in the Minar which resulted in the death of 45 people. This stampede was caused by a general power failure that poured darkness in the staircase.

Therefore, after that incident, public access was completely restricted inside the Minar so as to avoid such incidents in future.

6.  Top floors of the Minar are recognizable!

Qutub Minar

Qutub-Din-Aibak started the construction of the Minar in 1200 AD. Afterwards, Iltutmish, the successor of Qutub-Din-Aibak added 3 more floors to the Minar in 1220 AD.

Due to lightning, the top floors were destroyed and Firoz Shah Tughlaq restored the monument to its original nature.

The top three floors of the Qutub Minar can be recognized and distinguished easily as they are made up of white marble.

7.  From where its name came?

Don’t you wonder from where its name ‘Qutub Minar’ came from?

Actually, its name is derived from an Arabic word which means ‘axis’ or ‘pole’.

Many people claim the its name is on the name of its founder, Qutub-Din-Aibak but no written proofs are present for either of the claims.

Both of the above stated claims are just contradictions by some archaeologists and scientists.

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8.  What’s special about Alai Darwaza?

Alai Darwaza

Alai Darwaza is the main entrance to the Qutub Complex situated southwest of the Minar. Its construction was completed in 1311 by Khilji and it was built using red sandstone and is decorated by white marble.

It is also counted as one of the oldest Islamic structures built in India.

The various types of techniques and features brought in India by Ala-ud-din Khilji are stated in the Alai Darwaza.

9. Shooting a song inside Qutub Minar

Dev_Anand_in_Kashti

A Hindi Song named ‘Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar’ was to be shot inside the Qutub Minar but unfortunately, the cameras were too big to be fitted inside the narrow passage of the Minar.

Thus, the shooting of the son was done inside a replica of the Minar.

Bonus Fact – The Director of the Film was Dev Anand.

10. There is an annual Qutub festival

The officials organize an astonishing light show in the Qutub Complex every evening. You’ll feel the amazement only when you visit the monument.

An annual festival is also observed every year in the months of October and November in which traditional and cultural arts are shown.

11.  The first mosque of India is in the Qutub Complex

Quwwat ul Islam Mosque at Delhi

The first mosque ever built in India, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque stands near the Qutub Minar. In English, the name of this mosque means ‘The Might of Islam Mosque’.

Actually, this mosque was built after destroying 27 Hindu and Jain Temples.

For more information about this, read ahead!

12.  A twice in height replica of Qutub Minar!!

Alai Minar in Qutub Minar Complex

Ala-ud-din Khilji was dedicated to construct a second Minar similar to the Qutub Minar but twice in height as high.

When he died, the tower was constructed up to 27 meters and afterwards, no one ever paid any heed towards this overambitious project.

The tower was named Alai Minar and is situated to the north of the Qutub Minar.

13. Qutub Minar is not Straight!

Qutub Minar at Delhi

Though it seems to be straight if seen from a distance but actually it is not straight at all.

It is a bit tilted and most people believe that it is due to the over-construction in the past.

14.  It might have been a place for Muazzin

Several people in the past, have claimed that Qutub Minar was actually made for the Muazzins or Azaans of the Muslim community.

But, these claims are just the personal thinkings or personal views. There is no proof of the same.

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15. The complex was originally a 27 Hindu and Jain Temple site

Qutub Minar at night

The Qutub Complex was originally a site of 27 ancient Hindu and Jain Temples which were destroyed to construct The Qutub Minar.

Later on, the debris from the temples was used in the construction of Qutub Minar.

So, how was your experience reading about these amazing facts about Qutub Minar?

If you think we have missed any important fact about Qutub Minar, then feel free to contact us or simply, leave a comment below.

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