Sangeetha Pulapaka

The Qutub Minar has three different types of architectural styles. The construction of the minar was started by Aibak (who only made the basement). Later, Iltutmish added on three stories and then it was completed by Firoz Shah Tuglak, who constructed the last two stories.

The Qutb Minar complex, located in the national capital’s southern precincts, at Mehrauli with the Delhi Ridge and scrub forests in the backdrop, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. The site’s larger historical connections get dwarfed by the height of the Qutb Minar, the tallest ashlar masonry minaret in the world. The Qutb complex is the site of some major historical developments in the subcontinent, including the transition from Rajput polities to Islamic kingdoms, the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate, the development of Indo-Islamic architecture, and the emergence of Delhi as an imperial city. The Iron Pillar located within the complex also speaks of the significant advances India had made in metallurgy and casting.

Interesting fact: The Qutub Minar complex has an iron pillar that has not rusted even after 2000 years.