Friday, October 1, 2010

The Oldest Part of Delhi

Don't let the name New Delhi fool you, there are parts here that are crazy old. O.k. a lot of the city is crazy old when compared to the U.S.

Sunday I went to the oldest part of Delhi; I went to see Qutub Minar. Commissioned in 1199 by Qutb-Ud-Din Aibak, it was completed in 1370. Aibak went from slave to the first Islamic ruler of India. Qutub Minar is actually designed to look like Jam Minaret in Afghanistan's Ghor District. It is not, despite it looking like one and being part of the Quwwat-Ul-Islam Mosque complex, a minaret. It is a "victory tower." Now a lot of the site is in ruins, but the tower stands (though I suspect it has been rebuilt).

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It is very close to the airport, so this is apparently a required picture...
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