Qutb Minar

Qutb Minar
Photo by Els Slots.

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi comprises a group of religious and funerary buildings that display the architectural and artistic achievements of early Islamic India.

The 13th-century complex includes the Quwwatu'l-Islam mosque, the earliest extant mosque in northern India, and the 72m high minaret Qutb Minar. The site also holds the Iron Pillar, built during the Gupta Empire in the 4th century CE - a standing testimony to the metallurgical skill of ancient Indians.

Community Perspective: a serene, smallish site to visit in Delhi. Besides the main structures, the Tomb of Iltutmish is also recommended for its fine carvings.

Map of Qutb Minar

Load map

Community Reviews

Write a review


Malta - 07-Sep-12 -

Qutb Minar by Clyde

I visited this WHS in January 2012. The 72.5m red sandstone and marble Minaret alone, already deserves being inscribed in the list. The intricate carvings with arabic calligraphy and islamic symbols are truly incredible and can be seen from every angle adorning the tallest minaret in India. The rest of the site is made up of interesting remains, tombs and an early mosque.

Els Slots

The Netherlands - 02-Feb-11 -

Qutb Minar by Els Slots

This was the first stop on my full-day tour of Delhi sights. The complex has a serene atmosphere, enhanced a little by the famous Delhi morning fog. You can sit on park benches and take in the views of these old constructions. There were about 20 other western visitors around, more than I had seen at any site outside of Delhi.

The focal point of the complex obviously is the enormous minaret. You only really feel how broad and tall it is when you're standing next to it. A magnificent piece of work.

And then there's the enigmatic Iron Pillar. It looks so out of place here, in this whole complex full of brick and sandstone buildings. It's a very thin pillar, surrounded by a fence to protect it. It looks as if it was placed here only recently, at the start of modern construction.

Another monument that I enjoyed here was the Tomb of Iltutmish. It's a bulky structure when looked at from the outside and it is missing its roof. The interior however has lots of fine carvings, both in red sandstone and white marble.

Jacob Choi

United States of America - 01-May-05 -

Qutb Minar and it's monument's in Delhi is amazing although there has been some canges over the years for example you can't try to put your hands on the Iron Pillar beacause theres a gate around it. But the rewrds are amazing it's basiclly a complex so expect 1hour-1 and a half hour to explore the whole thing. The admission price for this monument is as falows,250 Rupees for all adults, children are free.

Christer Sundberg

Sweden - 01-May-05 -

Qutb Minar by Christer Sundberg

Having muscled through the traffic of central Dehli to the southern suburbs, I found myself at the Qtub Minar, the 73 meter high minaret and one of the true landmarks of the city. Whether it was really meant as a minaret or just a watch tower seem to be still under discussion but it was unquestionably built in the late 12th century by Qutub-ud-din Aibak.

Standing next to the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and many other temples in a nice park, it's a peaceful excursion that could last you an hour or two. And while you are there, don't miss Ala-ud-Din's unfinished minaret, meant to be twice as high as the Qtub Minar, but left at 27 meters at the time of his death.

Rob Wilson

UK - 01-May-05 -

The Qutb Minar complex is an incredible self-proclamation of Islams arrival in India. When you consider the age of the Minar itself it makes it all the more impressive.

The unrusted ancient iron pole at the site is a wonderful unsolved mystery. How can iron be so pure that it doesn't rust?

Site Info

Full Name
Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
Unesco ID
Religious structure - Islamic

Site History

1993 Inscribed


The site has 1 locations

Qutb Minar


The site has

Art and Architecture
Individual People
Religion and Belief
Visiting conditions
WHS Hotspots
WHS on Other Lists
World Heritage Process


Community Members have visited.

A. Mehmet Haksever AC Aanusha Adiaro18 Adrian Turtschi Afshin Iranpour Airpunk Akacesfan Akhilpreeti Alberto Rodriguez Gutierrez Alex Marcean Alexander Barabanov Alexander Lehmann Alexander Parsons Alexfangel Ali Zingstra Allison Vies Amitlchoudhuryjbp Andrew Wembridge Andyng-site Angela Vandyck Ani Anna Wludarska Annalett Swanepoel Anticpantaloon Antlane Anuradha Goyal Ari Kailash Arianna Artur Anuszewski Arw456 Aspasia Athena2186 Atila Ege BH Bag-packer-family Bamse Ben Pastore Bernard Joseph Esposo Guerrero Bin Bob Parda Boj Boroka Szamosi Bram de Bruin Brigitte Huber CalvinLoh Carlo Sarion Carlos Garrido Carolinerowe25 Catherine Rankine Chen Taotao ChenMing Chenboada Cheryl Chinmaya Chole Ross Christer Sundberg Claire Bradshaw Claire Taylor ClaireWhiteley Clem C Clyde Corbomite Corinne Vail Corneliaswift Coulpete Craig Harder Czesioszpachelka Daniel Gabi Dasexps David Marton Dibro Diggy Dimitar Krastev DouglasR Duesi73 Eldhoelias67 Elisabeth Fransisca Situmorang Els Slots Emi_mimmi Eric Lorentz Eric PK Erik Jelinek Everlien Fan Yibo Ferdimerkx Filip Murlak Frederik Dawson Frediehung Garrett Gary Arndt Garyrjtaylor Ge zhang Geert Luiken George Evangelou GerhardM Gernot Gisella Gordon Mitchell Grzegorz Andruszkiewicz HE SHAOMIN Hadrianus Haining Guan Handballrama Hanming Harald T. HaraldOest Harry Mitsidis Houqian Howard Brayer Howe Siang Tan Hrishikesh Hsjamsil Htupaz Hurrvinek Hyoga Iain Jackson Ingrid Ivan Rucek Jacob Choi Janeyvette Janis Janklak Jarek Pokrzywnicki Jason and Corrinna Javier Coro Jean Lecaillon Jeanne OGrady Jeffrey Chai Ran Jennifer Prout Jezza Joachim Nölte-Baumann Joel on the Road JoeriNortier John Smaranda John Westray John booth Johnson Zhao Join-our-journeys Jonathanliao Jos Schmitz Joshuakirbens Joyce van Soest Jsalda Jsrinivasan Judit Dalla Judith Tanner Junwang111 Juropa KB1 Karl Grossner KeithBailey Kelly Henry Kevin McFarland Kgeographer Kinstell Klaus Bondar Knut Krijn Kurt Lauer LaVale Lameduck99 Lara Adler Lauren Lichia Liu tuo Loratodorova Lorenzo2022 Lovinfosse@gmail.com Lucas Del Puppo Lucio Gorla Ludvan Luis Filipe Gaspar Luke LOU MMM MSNarayanan MaYumin Maciej Gowin Mahuhe Malgorzata Kopczynska Maltishah100 Marcel staron Marcobrey Mark K. Martina Rúčková Marton Kemeny Mateusz Matthewrw Matthewsharris Mattias Mauralin13 Michael Novins Michal Marciniak Michelle.has.murphy Mihai Dascalu Mikko Milan Jirasek Mnikish730 Monica Tasciotti Morodhi Naim Y Nan NataliaS Nathaniel Chin Nihal Ege Nomad99 Okke Olli-Pekka Turunen PabloNorte Pascal Cauliez Patrick Matgen Patrik_globe Peter Day PeterA Petteri Philipp Leu Philipp Peterer Phillipmeng PhotographyBar Potsdamer Prasadsawant Priyaranjan Mohapatra Qqalexqq Rahul Rathi Ralf Regele Randi Thomsen Ravishankar Red Reisedachs Reza Riccardo Quaranta Rich Forrest Richard Stone Riomussafer Rob Wilson Robin Frank Roger Ourset Roland Roman Bruehwiler Roman Raab Roxfts Rvieira SHIHE HUANG Sachin Sergio Arjona Seudy Shandos Cleaver Shombob Simisingh3 Simonf Skalec Socon Solivagant Sophie Srfmoyle Stanislaw Warwas SteO153 Stephanv Stephanvermeulen Stephen Brooker Stephen S. Kamin Steve Preddy Strogan Subhayan_svnit Sujan Kumar Sun_jianyuan@me.com Super-Sophie Svein Elias Szucs Tamas Tamara Ratz Tammy Gouldstone The Salmons Thomas Buechler Thomas Kunz Thomas van der Walt TimAllen Timonator Timothy C Easton Tlaloc Tony H. Tony0001 TravelPeter84 Travelure Travtasy Truls Brekke Usagi1974 V&M Vanessacmc Vernon Prieto Vicente B. Avanzado Jr. Vincent Cheung WHS Lux Walter H. Wang Qin Waxwing Werner Huber William Quan Wolfgang Hlousa WolfgangHl Wtrentfox YAO WEI Yorch Yuri Samozvanov Zhang xiaozhong Zhou Cheng Zos M Zoë Sheng Zsuzsanna Forray