Thursday, June 2, 2011

Charminar, India

Another 2008 card, this time coming from India.


on the card you can see Charminar (in English 'Four Towers'). It is a massive arch built by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah, in 1591 to commemorate the end of the plague in the city. The symbol of the city is an impressive square monument with four minarets. The monument is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches facing North, South, East and West. These arches support two floors of rooms and gallery of archways. At each corner of the square structure is a minaret rising to a height of 24 meters, making the building nearly 54 meters tall. It is these four minarets that give the building, its name 'Charminar'. Each minar stands on a lotus-leaf base, a special recurrent motif in Qutub Shahi buildings.

There was this talk of going to India this summer...but I dont think it will really happen...at least not this summer...and we were also advised that the best time to visit the country is actually February/March...so we'll see. The whole idea was to go to Sri Lanka first and from there go to India...a really great way to use the route and see Sri Lanka too...but I guess we'll need to wait for some better times...

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