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The Kootub [Delhi]. South-east corner of the enclosure, with the base of the minaret.

The Kootub [Delhi]. South-east corner of the enclosure, with the base of the minaret.

Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 971/(9)

Item number: 9719

Genre: Photograph

Print from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. The Qutub Minar Complex encompasses the earliest great monuments of Muslim rule in India. The partly ruined complex is built on the site of Lal Kot, an earlier city which was the seat of the Rajputs who were defeated by the armies of Mohammad Ghori, the conqueror of North India. It contains the Quwwat-ul-Islam, the first congregational mosque in Delhi, the celebrated minaret known as the Qutub Minar, the Alai Darwaza or the 'Lofty Gateway', and a tomb believed to be that of Sultan Iltutmish (reigned 1211-36). The mosque was founded in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the commander of the armies of Mohammad Ghori. Although the design stems from Islamic architecture, masonry from 27 temples was used in the construction. The central courtyard is surrounded by colonnaded cloisters and the re-used temple columns can be seen in the photograph.

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