Hyderabad is considered as a city of Nizams, apart from the Hyderabadi biryani, this place holds an important place for having some magnificent architecture. Charminar is one of them, a tourist destination in Hyderabad. This beautiful architecture was built in 1591, and defines city’s rich and vibrant past.
Some interesting facts about Charminar Hyderabad
- It is Hyderabad’s first multi storeyed building, which is located on the east bank of River Musi.
- Sultan Mohammed Qutub Shah built Charminar in 1591. At that time the whole state is under the plague.
- It is supposed that Charminar was built to honor a swear Quli Qutb Shah made to Allah, and some believes that the sultan made this for his wife “Bhagimathi“.
- The layout of Charminar was planned by the Mir Momin Astarabadi, who was the prime minister of Qutub Shah at that time.
- It is listed in one of the most magnificent and recognized structures of India, and also a global Icon for Hyderabad.
- Archaeological Survey of India listed Charminar as a archaeological and architectural treasure of the country. Because of its architecture it is also known as “Arc de triomphe of the East“.
- The structure of Charminar is made up of granite, limestone, mortar and pulverized marble.
- It is 4 story (minar) structure, is a landmark of Indo- Islamic architecture with some blend of Persian style.
- The height of each minaret is 48.7 m above the ground.
- Each face of the Minar has a huge arch, which is 11 m wide and 20 m high. Each arc has a clock since 1889.
- Each minaret encloses 149 flights of ladder, which take the visitors to the top floor of the Minar.
- The four minarets of Charminar are believed to symbolize the initial four Khalifas of Islam
- As per a popular legend, an secretive tunnel connects Charminar to Golconda.
- A fountain is in the center of Charminar, the space was originally used for Vazu-khana, used before offering the prayer in the mosque.
- Charminar is well-known for its complex carvings and moldings.
- Inside the Charminar there are 45 praying areas along with one open place, where people from Muslim community gathered for Friday prayer.
- The Charminar is measured to be the centre of the city. The city was planned on a network (grid) pattern.
Charminar Address-Telephone Exchange, Pathergatti Road,
Hyderabad, Telangana 500082, India