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#156 of 1161 Places To Visit in New Delhi
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Qutub Complex, Mehrauli Road, New Delhi, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
visit duration
Around 1 hour

about quwwat-ul-islam mosque

Nestled in the Qutub Complex, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque or the Great Mosque of Delhi was a symbol of victory and was built by the famous ruler, Qutb-ud-din Aibak after he defeated the Rajputs. Beside being an important historical site, it is also the oldest surviving structure of Ghurids architecture. Its construction started simultaneously with Qutub Minar but today it is seen as an independent monument. The mosque, built in 1193 CE, resembles the design and style of the famous Ajmer mosque in Rajasthan.

If the legends and stories are to believed, it was constructed by the parts of 27 Hindu and Jain temples which got destructed during the war. One look at its ruined structure and you will still vouch for its once impressive architecture with floral motifs, geometric patterns and corbelled arches which are so typical of any Islamic monument.

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