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Pillars of Quwwatu'l-Islam Masjid @ Qutb Complex

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 17 April 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The mosque known as Quwwatu'l-Islam Masjid is located adjacent to Qutub Minar in Delhi. It is believed to have been built using the carved stone slabs and materials of the remains of Hindu Temples. Delicate brocade designs and Islamic inscription adorn this structure. Its pillars have clear Hindu motifs and are believed to have been taken from the 27 temples of Qila Rai Pithora, the city of the Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan. In the inscriptions belonging to the times of Qutub-ud-Din, this mosque is mentioned by the name of Jami Masjid or Friday Mosque. Built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, it was completed in four years.

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CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The more you put up these lovely shots, the more I know I need to get my credit card out and make a trip to your lovely country

17 Apr 2011 6:25am

@CElliottUK: You wont believe it . I am 46 and this is my first trip to New Delhi ! I have been to London, Paris, Washington DC... So much to see in ones' own country.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like the warm colors of the stones here…

17 Apr 2011 7:30am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

So beautiful ! I like the textures and the colors. The building is gorgeous... Must be a very nice place. Enjoy your sunday :)

17 Apr 2011 9:47am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

They are very beautiful pillars - lovely photo.

17 Apr 2011 9:58am

franz from Baden, Austria

this is an intriguing place for sure! if you hadn't provided the explanation, i would never have believed this to be a muslim place of worship! the columns are so clearly hindu! an excellent take!

17 Apr 2011 10:07am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

I love the diagonal, well composed pic.

17 Apr 2011 10:34am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I love this warm colors and angle you choice

17 Apr 2011 10:37am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A wonderful view of the mosque ... Excellent composition! Best regards, Adela

17 Apr 2011 10:49am

Marcie from Newton, United States

What a gorgeous capture of this ancient structure. Such incredible detail.

17 Apr 2011 11:50am

Dana from Tarzana, CA,, United States

Great architecture. So grand and well preserved. You caught the morning or evening light just right.

17 Apr 2011 2:33pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb perspectiv on these beautiful columns and great colors !

17 Apr 2011 3:21pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

love the architecture, it's really beautiful. :)

17 Apr 2011 3:24pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine composition. i like seeing the people in the shadows

17 Apr 2011 4:38pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

this is so warm and beautiful - has an ancient elegance to it. Beautiful.

17 Apr 2011 4:40pm

tataray from france, France

J'aime les couleurs et cette belle architecture.
Bien fait. Magnifique

17 Apr 2011 6:27pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Seems you are visiting Delhi these days. Nice capture.

17 Apr 2011 6:51pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

very nice capture of this beautiful masjid, Sunder

17 Apr 2011 8:11pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Very beautiful view on these old,só great made pillars! Love the soft light and compo here!

17 Apr 2011 10:19pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Wonderful capture !!!!!!!!

17 Apr 2011 11:40pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

I'm constantly amazed at the detail. You capture it so well.

18 Apr 2011 1:57am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

This architecture is so ornate and beautiful, as is the light in this superb photograph.

18 Apr 2011 2:28am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is so beautiful.

18 Apr 2011 5:02am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super light ..................

19 Apr 2011 7:21pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


20 Apr 2011 3:44am

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