Feb 17, 2011

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.



35 comments:

Sylvia K said...

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!

Sylvia

Joop Zand said...

Nice , sharp and nice colors !
well done Indrani.

Greetings, Joop

Hilary said...

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

Photo Cache said...

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

lotusleaf said...

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

Sridharan said...

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

George said...

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

SandyCarlson said...

Goodness! That is one gorgeous mosque.

Haddock said...

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

Carver said...

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.

nprimopiano said...

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

Kay L. Davies said...

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

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Genie said...

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.

John S. Mead said...

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

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

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

ladyfi said...

What wonderfully framed shots of the mosque. Lovely.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

My Sky Watch, happy weekend!

Evelyn said...

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

Regina said...

Great skies and captures!
Happy weekend!
Regards.

Regina

Tarun Mitra said...

I liked the third picture..it is really beautiful

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

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

Jidhu Jose said...

bautiful shots

Luna Miranda said...

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

YOSEE said...

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.

eileeninmd said...

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

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Splendid building. Definitely a national treasure.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Beautiflly captured! Especially the last one

Pietro said...

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

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Astonishing architecture and amazing beauty!

Onkar said...

Great pictures again,specially the last one.

Magia da Inês said...

Olá!

Cloudia said...

Thank you for this sight!




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Sankara Subramanian C said...

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...

shooting star said...

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

Lloyd said...

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

Thanks for the photos.


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