Qutab Minar and Iron Pillar,Delhi,(Tuhin) 4/2010

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F. Zaman on July 5, 2010

The iron pillar of Delhi, India is a 7 meter (22 feet) high pillar in the Qutb complex which is notable for the composition of the metals used in its construction. The pillar, which weighs more than six tons, is said to have been fashioned at the time of Chandragupta Vikramaditya (375–413), though other authorities give dates as early as 912 BCE. The pillar is 98% pure wrought iron, and is a testament to the high level of skill achieved by ancient Indian blacksmiths. It has attracted the attention of both archaeologists and metallurgists, as it has withstood corrosion for over 1,600 years in the open air. The name of the city of Delhi is thought to be based on a legend associated with the pillar.

The height of the pillar, from the top of its capital to the bottom of its base, is 23 ft 8 in (7.21 m), 1 ft 8 in (0.51 m) of which is below ground. Its bell pattern capital is 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) in height, and its bulb-shaped base is 2 ft 4 in (0.71 m) high. The base rests on a grid of iron bars soldered with lead into the upper layer of the dressed stone pavement. The pillar's lower diameter is 16.4 in (420 mm), and its upper diameter 12.05 in (306 mm). The bell pattern capital is 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) high.

Rafl on July 6, 2010

impressive this minareto Zaman! goos serie photo! Rafl

F. Zaman on October 19, 2010

The Qutab Minar ( a tower in Delhi, India, is at 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) the world's tallest brick minaret. Construction commenced in 1193 under the orders of India's first Muslim ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak, and the topmost storey of the minaret was completed in 1386 by Firoz Shah Tughluq. The Qutb Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi, and was also India's most visited monument in 2006, as it attracted 3.9 million visitors, even more than the Taj Mahal, which drew about 2.5 million visitors The Qutb Minar is tall, with 379 steps leading to the top. The diameter of the base is 14.3 meters, while the top floor measures 2.75 meters in diameter. Surrounding the building are many fine examples of Indian artwork from the time it was built in 1193.

leo1383 on December 5, 2010

Like,fantastic place that visited in 1980.Greetings from Florence,Leo

F. Zaman on December 6, 2010

dear Rafl,thanks

F. Zaman on December 6, 2010

Leo,thank you,its a fantastic place....

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Photo taken in Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi, India

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  • Uploaded on July 5, 2010
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    by F. Zaman
    • Camera: Canon DIGITAL IXUS 80 IS
    • Taken on 2010/04/13 05:56:06
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 6.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash