Charminar in Hyderabad
Charminar is one of the most renowned historical monument in Hyderabad and is frequented by all visitors to Hyderabad. Charminar architecture resembles the Nizam style of construction. Charminar is also a well known land mark in the city of Hyderabad. Charminar was built in 1591 around 400 years back by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah for his beloved wife Bhagmati in her honor when the Sultan shifted his capital from Golconda Fort to Hyderabad. Charminar is a huge structure in the city center and is surrounded by many business establishments and famous for the bangles market around Charminar and also the Jamma Majid near by to it. The structure is now maintained by the archeology department. Charminar is famously known as “Arc de Triomphe of the East”
The name Charminar in Urdu means “Four Minars” or “Four Towers”. The shape of Charminar is built in a Square Shape having four Minarets beautifully carved and placed on the four sides of the square shape. The four Minarets or towers measure 20 meters high from the roof of the Charminar and soars towards the sky. The four sides actually opens into a big area which leads inside of the Charminar and are beautifully carved and they are in arch shape. Each arch on the four sides are of equal dimensions measuring 11 meters in width and 20 meters in height from the center of the arch. The height of the towers from the roof of the Charminar is around 24 meters and each of the minaret is divided into 4 floors and they look like a ring on the minaret. Taking in to the consideration the total height of the minaret is around 48.7 meters.
The Charminar is open to public on all days and climbing in the minaret is restricted by the department but on a whole one can enjoy the beautiful monument from a very close range.
Additional Information about Charminar
Location: 8 km from Hyderabad City
Best time to visit: Round the year
Attractions in and around Charminar: Chow Mohalla Palace, Shahali Banda, Laad Bazar, Kali Kaman, Patthar Gatti and Mecca Masjid