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					         Charminar – An Icon of Hyderabad

Charminar is one of the Indian monument attractions located in the City of Hyderabad which is
the capital city of the State of Andhra Pradesh in South India.

Charminar is one of the most significant landmarks of the city. This monument was built by
Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to honor the abolition of epidemic. Soon after he had
shifted his capital from Golconda which is known to be as Hyderabad. Mythology tell that the
emperor Quli Qutb Shah prayed for ending the plague and took the swear to build a mosque on
that place. Later he ordered the structure of the mosque which became famous in the name of
Charminar. It has four feature minarets. The apex floor of the four-storeyed structure has a
mosque which has 45 enclosed prayer places and a few open space to hold up more people on
Friday prayers. The mosque is shaped out from lime, granite and mortar is an unusual hybrid of
arc and mosque fused together harmoniously.

The fluted minarets of Charminar are built into the main structure. Within the four-storied
minarets 149 zigzag steps directs the visitors to the upper floor, the highest point one can reach.
This elegant monument is very beautiful on the inside, and is particularly known for its carvings
and moldings. And it offers a panoramic view of the city. There are two galleries inside the
Charminar, one above the another. And on top of that there is a terrace that serves as a roof
which is bounded with a stone balcony. It is vaulted on the bottom and appears like a dome.
There is also a large table raised 7-8 feet from the ground with steps to go up to it. There is
nothing other in the town appear ing so lovely as the outside of that structure. A flourishing
market lies around the Charminar which attracts the people and traders in all depiction. In its
heyday, the Charminar market had some 14,000 shops, a unique conglomeration of a grand
oriental bazaar. The whole market around the Charminar is crowded with shops which sell glass
bangles in rainbow colours.

The best time to visit Charminar is deemed to be between the months of October and March
when the structure is illuminated at night to offer visitors a breathtaking sight against a bustling
metropolis backdrop. The markets and venues that surround the historic point of interest are
equally popular as the Laad Bazaar, Shahali Banda, Mecca Masjid, Chow Mohalla palace,
Patthar Gatti and Kali Kaman all add to the grandeur of Charminar, the Indian monument
attractions .

				
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