The Kootub [Delhi]. The northern corridor of the inner enclosure.
Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck
Medium: Photographic print
Print from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. This is a view looking along a colonnaded corridor 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. The complex itself is on the site of Lal Kot, the city of the Tomara Rajputs, the defeated Hindu rulers of Delhi.