A splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the city built by
Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of
Hyderabad. Charminar is often called as "The Arc de triomphe of the
East". It is considered as the legendary masterpiece of Qutub Shahi's.
This beautiful structure derives its name from four intricately carved
minarets, The four graceful minarets literally meaning 'Four Minars', soar
to a height of 48.7m each, above the ground. It is located amidst the
colourful shops of Lad Bazaar with its glittering traditional bangles in the
old city. Enormous in its size, this imposing monument exudes a charm that
is more than 400 years old.
A Representation Of Indo-Sarcenic Tradition
It was built with granite and lime-mortar. It is a blend of 'Cazia' and
Islamic style of architecture. The intertwined arches and domes are examples
of typical Islamic style of the architecture. The graceful floral motif atop
the Charminar (Char Minar) is enchanting. The Charminar depicts the
Indo-Saracenic tradition - a symbiosis of the Hindu and the Muslim
traditions, which has woven the magic of a rich Deccan culture. The
Charminar looks spectacular particularly in the nights when it is
It offers an excellent panoramic view of the city and Golconda Fort, which
makes the mind go back into time and recapitulates the past glory of
Hyderabad during the Qutub Shahi times. Charminar has become an inseparable
part of the history of Hyderabad.
The Qutub Shahi Reign
The history of Hyderabad begins with the establishment of the Qutub Shahi
dynasty. Owing to the inadequacy of water and frequent epidemics of plague
and cholera Quli Qutub Shah established the new city with the Charminar at
its centre with four great roads fanning out in four cardinal directions.
The plan is a square, each side 20m long, while the four arches are 11m
wide and rise 20m from the plinth. The four-storeyed minarets rise 20m from
the roof of the massive monument and measure 24m from the plinth. The
western section of the roof contains a mosque, ranking among the finest the
gifted Qutub Shahi artisans ever built.
There are 45 prayer spaces with a large open space in front to accommodate
more for Friday prayers. To the east of this space is a lovely verandah with
a large open arch in the centre, flanked by smaller ones on both sides.