a splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the hyderabad
city built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This magnificent monument is the
unique symbol of Hyderabad. Charminar is often called as "The Arc
de triomphe of the East". It is considered as the legendary
masterpiece of Qutub Shahi's.
Charminar derives its name from four intricately carved minarets, The
four graceful minarets literally meaning 'Four Minars', soar to a height
of 48.7m each, above the ground. It is located amidst the colourful
shops of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional bangles in the old
city. Enormous in its size, this imposing monument of India exudes a
charm that is more than 400 years old
The Qutub Shahi Reign
The history of Hyderabad begins with the establishment of the Qutub
Shahi dynasty. Owing to the inadequacy of water and frequent epidemics
of plague and cholera Quli Qutub Shah established the new city with the
Charminar at its centre with four great roads fanning out in four
The plan is a square, each side 20m long, while the four arches are 11m
wide and rise 20m from the plinth. The four-storeyed minarets rise 20m
from the roof of the massive monument and measure 24m from the plinth.
The western section of the roof contains a mosque, ranking among the
finest the gifted Qutub Shahi artisans ever built.
There are 45 prayer spaces with a large open space in front to
accommodate more for Friday prayers. To the east of this space is a
lovely verandah with a large open arch in the centre, flanked by smaller
ones on both sides.
A Representation Of Indo-Sarcenic Tradition - Charminar in India
The Charminar was built with granite and lime-mortar. It is a blend of
'Cazia' and Islamic style of architecture. The intertwined arches and
domes are examples of typical Islamic style of the architecture. The
graceful floral motif atop the Charminar is enchanting. The Charminar
depicts the Indo-Saracenic tradition - a symbiosis of the Hindu and the
Muslim traditions, which has woven the magic of a rich Deccan culture.
The Charminar looks spectacular particularly in the nights when it is
It offers an excellent panoramic view of the city and Golconda Fort,
which makes the mind go back into time and recapitulates the past glory
of Hyderabad during the Qutub Shahi times. Charminar has become an
inseparable part of the history of Hyderabad.