Friday, August 14, 2009

Tourism in Delhi - Mosque and Alai Darwaza

Delhi - Mosque and Alai Darwaza

Quwwat-ul Islam Mosque: It is the earliest mosque extant in India. It is situated just close to the Qutub Minar. The mosque was called by the nae "Quwwat-ul Islam" which means "Might of Islam." It was founded by Qutubuddin Aibak after wresting Delhi from the Chauhan King.

Alai Darwaza: At a distance of a few feet south-east from the Qutub Minar, there stands a big gate called Alai Darwaza. It was built of red sandstone, richy ornamented with design in relief by Alauddin Khilji in 1310. It is the most magnificent gate in the World. The planning of the gateway is in square measuring 35.6 feet internally and 55.6 feet externally. The height of the walls is 47 feet from the floor to the ceiling having a thickness of 11 feet.

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