Charminar is an important monument situated in the city of Hyderabad. Check out some interesting and fun facts about Charminar.

Facts About Charminar

The city of Hyderabad is not only famous for its lip-smacking biryani; it is equally popular for one of the standing remnants of a bygone era. Charminar is one of the most important tourist destinations in the city of Hyderabad and is synonymous with the city’s rich and vibrant past. The first thing that strikes any tourists who visits the Charminar is the monumental size and the intricate Islamic architecture. Flanked by four minarets, the Charminar is a symbol of opulence and design. Charminar is an important landmark in the city of Hyderabad. The monument is synonymous to the city as well as to its glorious historical past. It was erected, when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to the present city of Hyderabad. The monument is called so, owing to its four minarets. The splendor of the monument is especially evident during the night time, when it is illuminated. Do you know how tall each minaret is? Or are you pining to learn about the underground tunnel at Charminar? If you are not sure about all the facts, then it is best to go through this article. For some more interesting and fun facts about Charminar, read on.
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Interesting & Fun Facts About Charminar
  • Charminar was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591.
  • It is believed that Charminar was built to honor a promise Quli Qutb Shah made to Allah. It was in fact, built to mark the end of the plague in the city.
  • The mosque became popular as Charminar because of its four minarets.
  • The four minarets of Charminar are said to honor the first four Khalifas of Islam.
  • The mosque actually occupies the top most floor of the monument.
  • Charminar is a four - storied structure.
  • Some of the most popular bazaars and markets surround the Charminar—the Laad (bangle) bazaar and the Mecca Mosque.
  • As per a popular legend, an underground tunnel connects the palace at Golconda to Charminar, in order to provide the Qutb Shahi royal family an escape route in case of a siege. However, the exact location of the tunnel is unknown.
  • Charminar is an impressive square monument.
  • Each side of the monument measure 20 m and each corner has a tall pointed minaret.
  • The height of each minaret is 48.7 m above the ground.
  • Each minaret of Charminar has four stories and is marked by carved ring.
  • Each minaret encloses 149 flights of steps, which take the visitors to the top floor.
  • Every year, discourses on the history of Hyderabad are held at the Charminar, which is arranged by the Historical Society of Hyderabad.
  • Each side of the Minar has a giant arch, which is 11 m wide and 20 m high, measuring from the summit to the plinth.
  • Each arch also has a clock, which was installed in 1889.
  • Built with granite and lime mortar, Charminar is a fine example of the Cazia style of architecture.
  • There are two galleries within Charminar, one over another.
  • Above the two galleries, there is a terrace, which acts like a roof along with a stone balcony.
  • The main gallery of the Minar has 45 covered prayer spaces. Just in front, there is a large open space to accommodate more people for prayers on Fridays.
  • Charminar is famous for its intricate carvings and moldings.
  • The city was planned on a grid iron pattern, around the Charminar, with two main roads intersecting and running north-south and east-west.
  • The ‘Charminar Pedestrianisation Project’ was introduced to bring back the monument’s old charm and ethos in a modern Hyderabad. This project was also introduced to save and protect what little is left of the once-bustling ‘Laad’ Bazaar today.

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