Charminar is situated in Hyderabad, the capital city
of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. A magnificent edifice,
it's a landmark in the city and marks its 400 years of history.
Often called "The Arc de triomphe of the East", the Charminar,
is an impressive square monument with four minarets.
The Charminar is a massive arch built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah,
the erstwhile Qutub Shahi Sultan of Golconda, in 1591, to commemorate
the end of the plague in the city. The history of Hyderabad starts
with the formation of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Due to the scantiness
of water and recurrent epidemics of plague and cholera, the monarch
built the novel city with the Charminar as it center with four great
roads fanning out in four important directions.
A Representation Of Indo-Sarcenic Tradition
It was built with granite and lime-mortar. It is a blend of 'Cazia'
and Islamic style of architecture. The intertwined arches and domes
are examples of typical Islamic style of the architecture. The graceful
floral motif atop the Charminar is enchanting. The Charminar depicts
the Indo-Saracenic tradition - a symbiosis of the Hindu and the
Muslim traditions, which has woven the magic of a rich Deccan culture.
The Charminar looks spectacular particularly in the nights when
it is illuminated.
It offers an excellent panoramic view of the city and Golconda
Fort, which makes the mind go back into time and recapitulates
the past glory of Hyderabad during the Qutub Shahi times. Charminar
has become an inseparable part of the history of Hyderabad