Charminar & Mecca Masjid

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Charminar Hyderabad

Charminar

Charminar (Four Minarets) was built in 1591 by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, shortly after he shifted capital from Golconda to what is now known as Hyderabad.

Charminar Hyderabad
Charminar

He built it to commemorate the elimination of a major plague epidemic from the city. The top floor, reached via a set of winding steps, provides panoramic views of the bustling Lad Market.

Charminar Hyderabad
Top Floor Balcony

It is a squarish structure with four towers on the four corners of the square, each of whose sides is 20 metres in length.

Charminar Hyderabad
Views from the top

Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid, one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, was built by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah (5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty).

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad
Mecca Masjid Complex

He commissioned the bricks to be made from soil brought all the way from Mecca.

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad
Mecca Masjid Complex

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad
Entrance

The entrance leads to a rectangular building housing the tombs of Asaf Jahi rulers.

Mecca Masjid Hyderabad
Tombs

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