The Charminar is a monument in Hyderabad, India. The structure was built in 1591 AD. It is the most famous building of Hyderabad and also one of the most famous building in India. It was build by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi to celebrate the end of a deadly plague.
Open and Closing Time :- 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM,
all days of the week
Time taken :- Approximately 1 year
Rs. 5 for Indian Nationals/ Rs. 100 for Foreign nationals
Rs. 100 for Foreign nationals
How to Reach:
Charminar is well-linked by road to all part of the city. Multiple TSRTC buses connect the monument with key railway and bus stations. Autos are readily available from all parts of the city.
Charminar Hyderabad was built in 1591 during the law of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, by its fifth ruler- Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. A lot of theories have been put onward about Charminar and the reason for its construction. The mainstream and the most conventional single is that a plague epidemic had hit the city of Hyderabad, and the ruler Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb prayed at a particular spot for the plague to end. And when it did end, at that very place where he offered his prayer, the grand Charminar was built.
Various folklores and story have been circulating about Charminar since time immemorial. One of them is that it was built at the precise location where Quli Qutb Shah saw his future queen Bhagmati for the first time! Another one meeting about Charminar having an underground tunnel connected to the Golconda fort. However, due to lack of evidence, many such stories about Charminar history have been rejected by scholars and historians alike.
Interesting Facts about Charminar Hyderabad
The town of Hyderabad well identified for its famed Hyderabadi biryani is also famous for Charminar. It is the Landmark of the city. It was erected in 1591 by Quli Qutb Shah when he shift the capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. The monument is a perfect square shape building with big minarets at each corner. The monument shine to its glory in the night with colorful light.
The Charminar is a square monument with a measurement of 20 meter on each side. The four minarets stand 48.7 meter above the ground. Each minaret is 4 storey and the floors are divided by a gracefully carved ring around it. From Charminar another well-known monument of Hyderabad, Mecca Masjid, is also visible. The Charminar is situated right in the heart of the city in between a busy market and thus is a huge attraction for the tourists.
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Facts about Charminar
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah construct this landmark in the year 1591.
People say that it is the result of a secret promise complete by Md. Quli Qutb to honor Allah..
The building acquire it’s fame because of the four minarets.
These four minarets represent and honor Islam’s 1st four Khalifas.
The mosque actually occupy the top most floor of the monument.
The minarets are really the four storey structure.
Charminar is an exact square monument which is an ideal example of India’s architectural environment. The structure of the monument is a perfect square where each of the side events 20 meter and the two side are connected with a tall minaret which is a 4 storey building with a height of 48.7 meters.
The four story of each minaret is marked by carved ring which is visible from outer.
To get to the top floor one has to climb 149 flight of steps. All the four minarets are enclosed by 149 flight of steps.
Each side of the Minar has a giant arch, which is 11 m wide and 20 m high, measure from the peak to the plinth.
Each arch also has a timepiece, which was install in 1889.
The Charminar is a memorial built with stonework and lime mortar in Cazia style of architecture.
Within Charminar there lies two one more than another.
Along with a stone balcony there is a terrace above the two gallery which act like a roof.
The main gallery of the Minar has 45 enclosed prayer spaces. Just in front, there is a big open space to accommodate more people for prayer on Fridays.
The intricate carvings and moldings on the monument make Charminar a famous monument and a attraction of Hyderabad.