If you're traveling through Hyderabad, India don't forget to visit the most iconic structure of the city. Located in the older section of the city, you'll both get great architecture and people watching.
Built in the late 16th century by the 5th ruler of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty, the mosque was built initially to celebrate the end of a plague and symbolize a turn for peace and prosperity in the region. Charminar, meaning four (char) minarets (minar), has since become the global icon of the city.
Located in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad, Charminar was the heart of of much activity. While Hyderabad has grown and shifted, there is still plenty of activity to be seen while visiting. Two main roads intersect around a circle at Charminar. Directly to the northeast lies the bazaar where daily commerce continues. To the west of Charminar lies the Mecca Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Vendors frequent the circle around Charminar, so be prepared to see a number of food carts.
When entering Charminar, you are only able to go to the second of four floors, which allows for a better view of the old city. From up above, the crowd of people below can sometimes make for a better photograph.
Similar to other landmarks in Hyderabad, the architecture of Charminar blends Indian and Islamic styles. These details can be seen in the carvings and moldings located throughout the structure. With it’s minarets, Charminar can be seen from far away as it towers over all other buildings in the area.
If you only have a short time in Hyderabad, this is a must-see stop.
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