Corridor formed of ancient Boodhistic columns, Kootub Minar.
Photographer: Shepherd and Robertson
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the corridor formed of ancient columns in the Qutub Minar complex, Delhi from the 'Strachey Collection of Indian Views', taken by Shepherd and Robertson in the1860s.The Qutab Minar Complex was initiated by Qutb-ud-din in the Twelve Century to celebrate the onset of the Islamic presence in India; the buildings were constructed over three different periods of rule with the exception of the Fourth Century Iron Pillar. The Mosque is one of the earliest extant in India and is a fine example of Islamic architecture employing Islamic principles of accurate construction and geometric ornamentation. The columns are from the earlier Hindu temple on the site, incorporated into the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.