Charminar is not only a landmark building of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh but also one of famous historical monuments in India. Built in 1591 CE, this majestic mosque is near the bank of River Musi and holds a proud of place in the echelons of Indian history. The mosque was built by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty to symbolize the end of the deadly plague that had Hyderabad in its grip.
The word Charminar means four towers and by looking at the monument, you could realize why it’s named so. It’s a perfect example of the Indo-Islamic architecture with few Persian elements also used in the design and layout. It’s believed that the four towers of the monument indicated four directions for administrative purposes.Legends and tales apart, the square structure measures 31.95 meters on each side with four minarets soaring up to the height of 56 meters.
Charminar reflects the zenith of Islamic architecture with rich usages of arches, minarets, and domes. It stands out for heavy usages of stucco decorations, striking balustrades, charming balconies and pleasing floral design. The monument is a proud symbol of Hyderabadi culture and a visit here is incomplete without being here. Enjoy this architectural masterpiece in the heart of old city and feel privileged to this historical monument.