Charminar Hyderabad-everything you need to know about
Charminar, the well known Indo-Saracenic architecture in Hyderabad, known as four minarets in Urdu, located at the nub of the Hyderabad, Telangana. The monument was built in 1591 by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth baron of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. This monument was described as the first edifice to be built in his new capital Hyderabad. Over the years, Charminar hyderabad has become a signature monument to and a global icon of the city’s heritage. There’s a mosque on the western end, top floor of Charminar, which was in utilization for at least four hundred years, now the entrance to upper floor has been restrained.
There is a vazu (water cistern) in the centre, with a small water fountain for ablution before offering prayers in the mosque. For a certain period of time it has been closed for unknown reasons and recently it has been excavated again for a display.
The charminar is a square structure with each side 20 meters long approximately, with four grand arches each opening into four streets that surrounds the monument. There are four minarets, gracing one at the each corner raised to a height of 56 meters. There are approximately 160 steps which are winding round the corners to reach the top floor. Limestone, mortar, granite and marble were used in construction. The mesmerizing construction enhanced the look of royal ancestral street and caught the attention of passerby when it was opened initially. Because of this architectural significance it is also known as Arc de Triompe of the East.
The Charminar was built at the crossroad of the historical trade route which connects Golconda with the port city Machilipatnam. The former urban center of Hyderabad was designed with Charminar as a core slice. The interior designing was a combination of Indian and Persian style, which pays you a mesmerizing sight.
We can have a look of a clock which was placed on four sides of the monument; this was not originally placed at the time of construction. It was later added in 1889, which was brought from London during the reign of sixth Nizam of Hyderabad – Mir Mehboob ali khan.
Surrounding areas of Charminar Hyderabad
From the top floor of charminar we can overlook the grand mosque Makkah Masjid, which was built by the same Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah. He commissioned bricks to be made from the soil which was imported from the holy land Mecca. These bricks were used in the construction of central arch of the mosque. Therefore, this site is named after that. The three arched facades were carved from a single piece of granite, which took five years to quarry.
Baazars near Charminar hyderabad
A market exits around the charminar and it is one of the best shopping destinations in Hyderabad. Laad bazaar and Pathar gatti are the two famous bazaars nearby charminar, which are located at a walkable distance. Laad bazaar is famous for its jewellery, especially bangles. It Is also known as Choodi bazaar, choodi means bangles. Best time to visit is during the Ramzan festival, where the streets are studded with shops and filled with the shopaholics, all you can see is the golden light glittering round the charminar. Pathar gatti Is well known for pearls, it was designed by a renowned engineer Vishweshariah in an Osmanian style. It is considered as a main business hub since a century.
Four arches were constructed to the north of charminar, they are Kali Kaman, Machli Kaman, Seher-E-Batil ki Kaman, and the last one Charminar Kaman. Centering these arches a fountain was constructed known as Gulzar Houz. Earlier it was known as Jilu khana (Guards square), it was used to quench the thirst of parched soldiers. There are four main streams flowing out of it which divides the roads into two halves. These historical structures are in desperate condition and there is a need for restoration as soon as possible.
To sum up, Charminar in hyderabad is a well known landmark which you need to add in your travel bucket list if you are planning to visit hyderabad. It takes hardly one hour to cover entire charminar. This place is well connected from all parts of the city. Best time to visit is in the evening hours as you can avoid the scorching heat of the sun and can overlook the baazars and Makkah masjid which are covered by the glittering lights of the street shopping. Charminar opens at 09:30 in the morning and closes at sharp 05:30 in the evening. So plan accordingly.
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