I found this written in the board near Charminar with the title: Charminar, Hyderabad.
Charminar which is synonymous with Hyderabad is one of the magnificent structures built by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and also the founder of the city in Hijri 1000 (AD 1591-1592). This is a square structure measuring 31.95 meters on each side with imposing arches spanning a distance of 11 meters, there are 4 minarets, each having 3 storeys, rising to a height of 56 meters. The spiral staircase inside the minarets has 149 steps leading to the top with 12 landing. The double screen of arches on the roof and the ornamental arches on the minarets add to the aesthetic value.
The notable feature of the Charminar is the location of the mosque on the western section of the second floor, probably one of the most beautiful of this period. There are 45 mushallas (prayer spaces) with an open courtyard in front.
The structure is also known for its profuseness of stucco decorations and arrangement of balustrades and balconies. The floral designs are varied and delicately executed. It was a synthesis of mughal and Hindu architecture executed by the local artisans.
There are various theories regarding the purpose for which Charminar was constructed. However, it is widely accepted that Charminar was built at the center of the city, to commemorate the eradication of plague, in the middle of the 18th century. Bussy, the French commander, made Charminar his headquarters.
The four clocks were added later on the four cardinal directions in the year 1889. AT the base of the Charminar was originally a Vazu (water cistern) at the center with a small fountain for customary ablutions, before offering prayers in the mosque.
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A drive to Charminar:
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