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♦ Humayun’s Tomb (1993) and Red Fort Complex (2007) are other world heritage monuments in Delhi.
♦ It is a five-storeyed red sandstone tower (72.5 m high) built by Muslim conquerors in the thirteenth century to commemorate their last triumph over the Rajput rulers of Delhi (Qutub skill victory), while additionally serving as a tower from the place muezzins (criers) name for prayer at the Quwwatu’l-Islam mosque nearby.
♦ A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque.
♦ Its surrounding consists of Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311).
♦ The construction process of Qutub Minar took about 75 years. Its construction was begun by Qutub-ud-din Aibak (1206-1210) in 1193 and finished by Iltutmish (1211-1236).
♦ In 1368, it was once repaired via the rulers of the day, Muhammad-bin-Tughluq (1325-51) and Firuz Shah Tughluq (1351-88).
♦ The minar (tower) is engraved with excellent arabesque decorations on its surface, generally verses from the Quran.
♦ Qutub Minar and its monuments were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.