Charminar which is situated in the Hyderabad city. Hyderabad is also known as the “ city of pearls” and the capital of southern India Telangana state. Hyderabad is famous for its ancient churches, remarkable for its architecture, size and its royal splendour and its symmetry and the gateway bricks and mainly renowned for Charminar which is the identity of Hyderabad and its also known as the heart of Hyderabad
Charminar Hyderabad overview
History of Charminar
This four-pillar historical gem Charminar construed in the year 1591 built by the fifth ruler of Qutb Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The Sultan built it after shifting his kingdom from Golkonda to Hyderabad. According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), There are many theories regarding the purpose of which Charminar was built.
But it is widely accepted that it was constructed in the centre of the city. The king Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the mosque because There was a disease name cholera which was highly spread all over the city, so the king prayed at that mosque.
Another myth regarding the built of Charminar is that mainly it was constructed in the year 1591 CE, to commemorate the beginning of the second Islamic millennium year (1000 AH). The event celebrated hugely in the Islamic world.
Thus Qutb Shah founded the city of Hyderabad to celebrate the occasion and commemorate it with the construction of this building. Due to its architecture, it is also called Arc de Triomphe of the east.
Another Myth regarding the construction of Charminar is that Sultan saw his beloved, beautiful wife baghmati at that place for the first time so he built the monument as a symbol of his eternal love for her.
Structure and Architecture of Charminar
This four-pillar historical gem Charminar which comes from Urdu word Char means four and minar means a pole. It is a square-shaped structure made by the mixer of granite and lime mortar, and each side of Charminar is 20 meters long. The monument predominantly has a design of Islamic style but influences of Hindu architecture can also be seen in its ornamentation.
Each of the four sides of Charminar has one of four grand arches, each facing a fundamental point that opens directly to the street in front of it. At each corner stands an exquisitely shaped, 56 meter-high minaret that has a double balcony.
A bulbous dome covers each minaret with dainty, petal-like designs at the base. There are 149 winding steps to reach the upper floor of the Charminar. this structure is the heart of the city its and identity of the city
There is something about the structure and its history. According to popular belief, there are series of underground tunnels which directly goes to Golconda fort from right below the Charminar. And the exciting thing is that this tunnel is still a secret and no one knows where to find it yet? It surely has many mysteries, but it is a global icon of Hyderabad. The people crowed it throughout the year.