Pinsteps. Charminar

The Charminar is one of the most recognized and important landmarks in the city of Hyderabad, India. It was built in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, supposedly to commemorate the end of a deadly plague in the city. The name Charminar comes from two Urdu words, Chār and Minar, which translate to "four towers" in English.

The Charminar is a grand architectural monument with four minarets or towers, each standing about 56 meters high. Each of these minarets is intricately decorated and has a double balcony. A unique feature of the structure is the square shape it forms at the base. The entire structure is made of granite, limestone, mortar and pulverised marble, which gives it a distinct aesthetic appeal.

The monument is situated in the heart of Hyderabad's bustling old city. It is surrounded by bustling markets, including the famous Laad Bazaar, known for its jewelry, particularly exquisite bangles studded with precious stones.

The Charminar is also a place of worship. There is a mosque located on the western side of the open roof, which is still in use today. The eastern section of the roof serves as a viewing platform from which one can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding city.

In essence, the Charminar is not just an architectural marvel, but also a symbol of Hyderabad's historical and cultural significance. Its grandeur and aura draw both locals and tourists, making it a must-visit attraction in the city.

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