Charminar, an Islamic architecture monument on the banks of Musi River, is a monument and mosque built in the 15th century by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah of Qutb Shahi dynasty at Hyderabad in Telungana state of India. It is one of the most recognized structures in India. The Hindi words ‘Char Minar’ means ‘Four Towers’ in English.
Charminar is believed to have built to commemorate the eradication of plague disease which spread on mass scale during that period in the city of Hyderabad. Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah prayed at the place where Char Minar stands now. He earlier shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.
The Charminar is a square structure with each side measuring 20 meters in length, with four grand arches each facing a fundamental point that opens into four streets. The south Western Minaret was struck once in a lightning and was damaged fully. The damaged portion was re-built.
The mosque is at the western end of the roof. Four clocks were added on the four sides in the late 18th century.
Charminar and surrounding roads are famous for jewelry stores selling Hyderabad pearl decorated ladies bangles, ear rings, chains etc. Traditional foods are also available at Charminar. There used to be around 15000 shops at Charminar, in its heydays.
How Do I Go to Charminar ?
Charminar is located in the heart of Hyderabad city. The city is well connected by roads to the rest of India. Hyderabad railway station is a major station in India. Hyderabad international airport is on the outskirts of the city.
Tourist Places in Hyderabad
Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum, Hussain Sagar Lake (which is known as the ‘Heart of the World’), Ramoji Film City, Golconda Fort (11 kilometers from city), etc, are some of the main tourist attractions in and around Hyderabad city.