Qutub Minar, Kutub Minar, Qutab Minar or as referred on a plaque outside the complex, Qutb Minar is located in Mehruali, Delhi and is one of the most recognizable parts of Indian heritage and architecture. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Along with some extremely important monuments like Iron Pillar, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, and Alai Minar, Qutub Minar forms the Qutub Complex, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Qutub Minar/ Kutub Minar history
It is believed to have been built on ruins of the Lal Kot, the Citadel in the city of Dhillika. It was aimed to be created as the tower of victory to celebrate the end of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. The construction was started by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, who was the founder of the Delhi Sultanate. Later his successor Iltutmish added three storeys to the tower. After a lightning struck the tower in 1369, Firoz Shah Tughlaq carried out restoration work. He replaced the damaged storey with two new storeys. Some repair work was also done by Sikander Lodi.
Qutub Minar/Kutub Minar name origin
The origin of the name of the monument is still not clear. It has not been established whether it is named after Qutubu l-Din Aibak or Qutubuddin Bakhtiar kaki who was a famous Sufi saint.