Standing tall as a part of the Delhi skyline since 1192 when the first Muslim ruler of Delhi- Qutbuddin Aibak– settled here and started building a victory tower, there’s a lot that this minar has seen. Many a ruler built over and renovated it (Iltutmish, Feroze Shah Tughlaq, even Lord Hardinge). Some even tried to outdo it (remember the incomplete Alai Minar in the same complex? That was Alauddin Khilji). Many a natural calamity shattered the tall arches around it and reduced the grand mosque to mere beautiful pillars. But the Qutb Minar stands tall to this day, still displaying the Quranic inscriptions intricately carved on its outer walls.
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