Early Islamic Architecture: Quwatul Islam ('Might of Islam'), 1191-8 AD

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One of the earliest places of Islamic worship in South Asia. The mosque was built by Qutubbudin Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate. It shows the concern of the Emperor to signify the presence of Islamic rule. The Mosque was later enlarged by his successors Iltutmish and Alauddin Khalji In the foreground is one of the iron pillars erected by Chandragupta II (375-413 AD) of the Gupta dynasty.


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