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Charminar - Top Tourist Attraction in Hyderabad

Charminar in Hyderabad
Charminar in Hyderabad (Credit.300699204)
The stunningly beautiful Charminar is an iconic landmark of Hyderabad and one of the major tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh. Built in 1591 by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah to commemorate the elimination of a plague epidemic from this city, the structure is an architectural marvel standing tall at the center of the old city amidst crowded bazaars. Jama Masjid, Mecca Masjid, Toil Masjid and the marvelous Charminar are all historical structures that depict the signature style of Islamic architecture. The true beauty of Charminar is highlighted during the night when it is illuminated.

The impressive structure is square in shape with each side measuring 20 meters and on each corner there are tall, pointed minarets. There are four beautifully carved minarets standing tall at about 48.7 meters that are visible from miles around. To reach the top, tourists have to take 149 winding steps from where they get panoramic views of the city. The minarets feature delicately carved rings which are inscribed with four stories. The giant arches of the structure overlook four major thorough fares with each arch measuring about 11 meters and rising around 20 meters from the ground level. In its heydays, the first floor of Charminar was used as a madarsa (college) while the second floor has a mosque on the western side. It lies about 7 km from Hyderabad railway station and 5 km from Hyderabad bus station.