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The Kootub [Delhi]. Part of the Temple-mosque and its Mahometan facade.

The Kootub [Delhi]. Part of the Temple-mosque and its Mahometan facade.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(5)

Item number: 9715

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. The Qutub Minar complex was initiated by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the founder of the Slave Dynasty in Delhi (1206-90), to celebrate the onset of Islamic rule in India in 1192. The Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque contained within the complex 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, but utilising Indian building traditions. Masonry from 27 Hindu and Jain temples was salvaged for use in the construction of the mosque.

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