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Charminar is the emerald of Hyderabad city and has become an inseparable part of the history of Hyderabad. Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty in 1591 AD, built this edifice. This splendid piece of architecture has is a square alike structure with 4 towers in the four corners of the square. Each of whose sides is 20 Meters in length.


The structure became popularly known as Charminar because of its four minarets. In Hindi and Arabic, char is the word used for four and Minar means Minarets. The minarets are four storied and takes 149 steps to reach the pinnacle of the structure.

The very orderly traffic (pun intended)

The structure is made of granite, limestone, mortar and pulverised marble.

Lively bazaars around Charminar.


Nizamia General Hospital, which was built, constructed in the year 1938 by the Last Nizam of Hyderabad State, HEH Osman Ali Khan.


These photographs were taken on 28th Jan 2012, with my Canon 7D with the 70-200 mm f/2.8 L lens of Canon.

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Tags: Architecture, Charminar, History, Hyderabad, India, Nizam

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Comment by Kartic Swaminath on February 10, 2012 at 11:03pm

Thanks Arnab,Very True. inspires me do more of it.

Comment by Arnab Mukherjee on February 10, 2012 at 8:18am

These photos are really very beautiful and give a feel of our India :-) nice photos..

Comment by Jenny Harding on February 1, 2012 at 12:40pm

Thank you for posting your photos and especially for the comments.  Your comments make the photos so much more interesting.  I love seeing the world and learning about their cultures.  Nicely done Kartic.

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