“Oh God, bestow unto this city peace and prosperity. Let millions of men of all castes, creeds and religions make it their abode, like fishes in the water.” ~ Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, while laying the foundation of Charminar in 1591.
Charminar literally means “four minarets”, soaring to a height of 56 meters (183.7 feet) above the ground. It is the most important landmark of Hyderabad, a 400-year-old city in India. A masjid occupies the top floor of the four-story structure.
Locally available granite, sand and lime mortar were used to build this monument. The design is an assimilation of Indo-Islamic style of architecture.
Charminar is surrounded by countless shops and restaurants, attracting people and merchandise of every description; it gets very busy after 4 pm. This isn’t really my favorite place to be during the rush hour, where the crowd tends to get a bit less friendly (lots of pushing and shoving). But you can get the best deals on gorgeous glass bangles and pearls (if you know the art of bargaining). Tip: always go shopping with a local.
The Charminar is most beautiful at night. If, just for a brief moment, you stand and look at it, momentarily forgetting about the crowd and traffic, you’ll find yourself transported into a different era.
so liked your post and background information about the charminar. learned something new today. like the dusk/night shot best.
What a beautiful place. I love the architectural details and also very interesting.
What a marvelous look at your world! Great captures of a really beautiful piece of architecture!
And thanks for the interesting history as well!
What an interesting structure. Thanks for sharing this!
So beautiful, and it’s amazing that there is a bustle in the last photo; it looks so peaceful. I think I would like to visit. (I love to bargain.)
Incredible architecture, you captuerd it perfectly.
Have a great week
Regina In Pictures
Thanks so much for visiting my site and leaving a nice note..this building is a stunner, wish I could see it and go there.
My beautiful city. I am missing it 🙁
fascinating structure. i love to see that someday.
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Very educational post and such a beautiful looking city.
That is a really great looking building. I would love to take pictures of it.
oh I liked learning about that so unique
Wonderful architecture! And I’ll be sure to shop with a local should I ever get the chance to visit.
Beautiful architecture. Did you get to pray in the masjid or is it no longer in use?
Nadia: Certainly a wonderful place to visit.
Nice photos and a great piece of architecture. I like the detail of the workmanship.
Wow such a nice place , still looking new..
….transported not only to a different era, but also a different level of consciousness.
A beautiful post.
MA SHAA ALLAH 🙂
Great architecture and beautiful photos.
Fascinating! Love the intricacy of the minarets.
Wow, beautiful photos. I still don’t understand how people managed to build these intricate structures hundreds of years ago. Amazing to look at.
you are a pro 😉
WOW, what a beautiful monument….indeed….
Wow, how fascinating. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
btw, this is not the same Umm Omar as above. 🙂
What a beautiful, majestic building…
Great information about it, as well..
Wow, the details on the minar are awesome!
Excellent photography 🙂
Nice architecture. I have seen it business trip. It is a very busy area.
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Your world is Amazing and beautiful all at the same time!
that indeed was wonderful!
I love the shot from the street, an interesting combination
the monument is just too lovely. amazing it was built so many years ago, and still standing!
oh wow … looks simply amazing 🙂
There’s a similar place ..not so exquisite though named Charburjee – (stands for char burjh – char meenar) in lahore 🙂
Lovely clicks! Charminar looks serene and so gorgeous.
hey nadia, first time here, nice blog , love your style of writing, the pics are gorgeous
wow, u took great pics !!! i wana go to hyderabad too 🙁
always glad to visit ur blog 😀
It’s GORGEOUS! I love the pictures!
I’ve forwarded your picture posts on Hyderabad to my husband in an effort to speed up the Hyderabad trip!
“A masjid occupies the top floor of the four-story structure”
The Masjid are built for offering 5 times prayer everyday, any of our Muslim Leaders or Ulema so far took trouble to find out why the Namaz is not been practice in the Charminar Masjid? Is it prohibited to offer prayers in Charminar? I request the Muslim Leaders to intervene into this matter, despite its an open place for tourist to feel and experience the architectural workmanship and its beauty, May Allaha bless Quli Qutub Shah, Ameen