Monday, 13 April 2015

Charminar - The global icon of Hyderabad

Charminar in Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Do you know Charminar is a monument which is famous not just in Hyderabad but across the globe? Yes, it would surely be not an exaggeration to say that it is famous all over the world. Especially, in the US or in the UK, people talk about it. History reveals that the monument was built in the year 1591 during Qutub Shahi Dynasty.  



Something about its structure: 

One of the Minarets of Charminar
The monument has a square structure. There are four sides, four minarets ("Chaar" which means "Four" "Minaar" here means "Minarets"). Each side is about twenty meters long (or we can say 66 feet, approximately). The height of the minaret is about 184 feet (56 meters). There are two balconies. Each dome shows the beauty of the art. The dome is a bit bulbous.
To reach the upper floor of this monument one will have to go through a narrow passage which show a staircase. There are about 149 steps arranged in a irregular way. Well, this structure is made of limestone, granite and mortar. There are pulverized marble stones too, as guessed. 

There are four arches which exudes of the grandeur of the past days. They rightly open into four, royal ancestral streets such as Laad Bazaar, Madina Building, Kotla Alijah, and Shalibanda. 

Do you know there is a tunnel?

Well, it would be difficult to say whether there is a tunnel or not. But, if we believe what the legends say then it really exists. Legends say that there is a tunnel which connects this beautiful monument to the other famous historical place that is Golkonda Fort. Perhaps, the tunnel was created to make the escape easy. No one knows about the exact location of the tunnel. Or who knows whether it is really there or not? 

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