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The Kootub [Delhi]. The corridor at the north-east angle of the inner enclosure.

The Kootub [Delhi]. The corridor at the north-east angle of the inner enclosure.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(2)

Item number: 9712

Genre: Photograph

Print from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. This is a view looking along the colonnade of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque of the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi. One of the earliest great Islamic structures in India, the mosque was begun in 1192 to celebrate the establishing of Muslim rule in India. It was built under the aegis of Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the commander of Mohammad Ghori's victorious armies, who founded a ruling dynasty in Delhi (the Slave Dynasty 1206-90). Material from 27 Hindu and Jain temples was used in the construction. For example, temple pillars were re-used for the cloisters surrounding the courtyard.

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