Char Minar: Much Ado About Nothing

Location : The CharMinar is a historical monument located in  Hyderabad, Telengana, India. The monument is located on the east bank of the Musi River.

MusiRiver : This river is basically a tributary belonging to the Krishna River that flows through the Deccan Plateau across the Telangana state in India.

Pride:  Charminar has it’s name enlisted in the Archaeological and Architectural treasures on the official list of Monuments that is prepared by the Archaeological Survey Of India.

Archaeological Survey of India: Also, abbreviated as the ASI is a National government agency that is a wing of the Ministry of Culture. This body is responsible for archaeological research and the preservance of the architecture heritage of India.

History: The Charminar had been built by the fifth ruler of Qutb Dynasty, Sultan Muhammad QuliQutb Shah in the year of 1591. Due to this amazing historical architecture, this landmark has become a global icon of Hyderabad.

Indo-Islamic Architecture Style :This style of architecture basically portrays the Indian Architectural System along with the taste of Islamic Culture. This kind of shapes basically took place with the advent of Islamic tradition in the Indian Subcontinent.

Persian Architecture:  This kind of architecture sights the traits of Iranian architecture and flavours of architects from different parts of West and Central Asia.

The architecture of Charminar : The Charminar is a form of indo – Islamic Architecture with influences derived from the Persian Architectural styles.

History in the History :At a time during the reign of the Mughal governorship, the south western minaret had fallen into pieces having struck by a lightning of some enormous intensity for the monument. It is was then repaired at a cost of 60,000 rupees. Later, in the year of 1824 , the monument had under done a finer repairmen owing a cost of one lakh rupees.

Structure :The Charminar is basically a masjid. It bears the shape of a square. There are four, each approximately around 66 feet long, grand arches. Each grand arch faces a chief point that leads to four different streets. At each corner of the square stands a 56 metre long minaret having a double balcony. Each individual minaret have been crowned by a dome with petal like designs at its base. There are a total of 149 steps that leads to the top most floor. The entire structure has beautiful architectural decorations throughout with beautifully designed balustrades and balconies.

There is an underground connecting tunnel that opens up into the Gollakonda fort in Hyderabad. It is said that during a siege , this was used as an escape route. The, now dried path was once filled with water. Women were at first allowed to pass through it followed by the men who needed to flee off site.

This architecture possesses a mosque at the end of the open roof in the western end.  Also, there is a water cistern in the middle of the mosque bearing a small fountain.