Charminar, Hyderabad

Charminar, the Mosque of four towers, is the symbol of Hyderabad. It was built in 1591 by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. He built this monument as thanksgiving to Allah for the elimination of a plague epidemic from this city. It is built of granite and limestone; unfortunately today it is not looked after so well. I wish Andhra Pradesh tourism dept. would make some efforts to protect it from further damage.

The tall minarets seemed to be whispering secrets to the beautiful blue sky above and that was truly the best part of Charminar. Today what we get to see is the re-plastered monument, done in 1824. With the passage of time the city grew, Charminar now belongs to old Hyderabad, the new Hyderabad boasts of computer industries.

The whole of Charminar area is crowded; you will find animals, people and vehicles competing with each other to surge ahead. Then there are the vendors whom you have to very tactfully avoid, the best way is to be busy focusing and taking pictures.

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35 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful mosque and I love the minarets! They make perfect exclamation points for your gorgeous, blue skies! Hope you've had a great week, Indrani. Have a lovely evening!


  2. Joop Zand says:

    Nice , sharp and nice colors !
    well done Indrani.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. Hilary says:

    Beautiful, sharp images, Indrani. The detailing on this architecture is just amazing.

  4. Splendid architecture. I hope with the nation's booming economy they would invest in protecting their heritage such as this structure.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    My skywatch

  5. lotusleaf says:

    Your shots are superb, and I agree with you that the A.P government should take some steps to protect this charming monument.

  6. Sridharan says:

    Very good pictures. Are we allowed to climb up to the top?. (I am assuming there are stairs within.)

  7. George says:

    This is a beautiful and unique mosque. I hope it will be preserved for the future.

  8. Goodness! That is one gorgeous mosque.

  9. Haddock says:

    one of the finest structures built in India.
    I had a very close look at it some years ago

  10. Carver says:

    The mosque is so beautiful. I love the way you see the tower through the arch in the first shot. The blue sky was made to order as a perfect backdrop for the architectural wonder. All of these shots are fantastic.

  11. A very beautiful building. The bottom two photos are really beautiful and emphasize the beauty of the towers.

  12. Beautiful photos, Indrani. It is too bad the mosque is not being maintained, but, from what I've been learning about India lately, perhaps the authorities think that at 420 years it isn't old enough!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely place with us.
    — K

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  13. Genie says:

    What an architectural treasure. Your captures from all perspectives are wonderful and your commentary add so much. The post was so interesting. The detail on the mosque amazes me. I cannot imagine the thrill of seeing a structure like this up close and personal. Lovely work.

  14. Beautiful Mosque – I really appreciate all the intricate detail you captured in your images. You did a fine job here.

  15. Beautiful building and so ancient. Too bad they are not taking care of it. It is a treasure.

  16. ladyfi says:

    What wonderfully framed shots of the mosque. Lovely.

  17. Evelyn says:

    What an amazing country. I just love these old buildings.

  18. Regina says:

    Great skies and captures!
    Happy weekend!


  19. I liked the third is really beautiful

  20. Amazing.. Actually I am planning to go to this place…!

  21. this is a magnificent mosque. i hope they're going to take care of it. it's a beautiful and historic landmark.

  22. YOSEE says:

    Fine pictures from great angles.

    Yes, this is a national treasure, but still in a state of neglect. During the last monsoon, a chunk fell off from a ledge of the first floor …..I think the horrendous traffic around the place should be diverted away from it.

  23. eileeninmd says:

    It is a beautiful mosque and the minarets are neat looking. Great post and photos, Indrani.

  24. Splendid building. Definitely a national treasure.

  25. Beautiflly captured! Especially the last one

  26. Pietro says:

    Wonderful mosque, so interesting! Very nice the details too.
    Happy weekend!

  27. Astonishing architecture and amazing beauty!

  28. Onkar says:

    Great pictures again,specially the last one.

  29. Cloudia says:

    Thank you for this sight!

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  30. Lovely pictures! I agree that the government (local and central) need to spend more resources to take care of the quickly degrading Charminar…else we will lose one more piece of history to neglect…

  31. i was here in 2000, gosh almost 10 years ago!!!
    charminar is charming, though i would not say very beautiful in my eyes!!…

  32. Lloyd says:

    Wow! this is an amazing place to visit.
    Very beautiful.

    Thanks for the photos.

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