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.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|The Qutub Minar Complex Walking Tour en||0.2km||site_izi|
|Mehrauli Car Tour en||0.5km||site_izi|
|India’s First Open-Air Public Art District||2019||7.8km||site_ao|
|Judah Hyam Synagogue||2019||9.6km||site_ao|
|A Hidden Cemetery for Third Gender People in India||2018||1.2km||site_ao|
|National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC)||1978||3.7km||site_brutalism|
|Akbar Hotel (today: South Asian University / Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA))||6.6km||site_brutalism|
|Tara Group Housing||6.9km||site_brutalism|
|Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi||1993||9.8km||site_whs|
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