Arch near the Qutub Minar

This is an arch within the Qutub Minar complex in Delhi. Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the first sultan of Delhi, initiated the construction of the Qutub Minar in the 13th century. Since many rulers after him continued construction of the Qutub Minar and surrounding areas, scholars cannot date which ruler is responsible for the construction of this arch. In this picture you can see many intricate carvings, including lines from the Quran. Although visitors today cannot read the script, since it is intwined with other carvings, circles around the arch, and is written in Persian, the script is still important because it is the word of God. Other carvings include popular motifs. Today, this arch is admired for its aesthetic appeal.

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Taken on September 4, 2011