List of monuments built by Qutubuddin Aibak

Qutb Minar

It was built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak as a Victory Tower, to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Ghori over the Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan.

Qutb Minar is inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan.

Its construction also marked the beginning of Muslim rule in India.

It was built using red sandstone and marble.

The Qutb Minar is 72.5 metres high. It is the tallest minaret in the world built of bricks.

Many subsequent rulers, including the Tughlaqs, Alauddin Khalji and the British added structures to the complex.

It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with surrounding buildings and monuments.

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque (Might of Islam) is also known as the Qutub Mosque or the Great Mosque of Delhi.

The construction of this Mosque started in the year 1193 AD, when Aibak was the commander of Muhammad Ghori’s garrison that occupied Delhi.

Iltutmish continued to expand of the mosque after the death of Qutb.

Qutbuddin’s successor Iltutmish, extended the original prayer hall screen by three more arches.

It was the oldest surviving example of Ghurids architecture in Indian subcontinent.

It was built over the site of a large temple located in the centre of a citadel.

It was built using the ruins of 27 Hindu and Jain temples.

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra

It is one of the oldest mosques in India, and the oldest surviving monument in Ajmer.

The mosque was designed by Abu Bakr of Herat and constructed by Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak in 1192 CE.

The mosque is an example of early Indo-Islamic architecture.

The structure was completed in 1199 CE and was further beautified by Iltutmish of Delhi in 1213 CE.

The site of the mosque was originally a Sanskrit college building commissioned by Visaladeva, a king of the Chauhan dynasty.

When Muhammad Ghori passed through Ajmer, he saw the magnificent temples, and ordered his slave general Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak to destroy it.

Later he order him to construct a mosque – all within 60 hours (that is, 2 1⁄2 days). Adhai Din ka jhopra means “shed of 2½ days”.

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