Qutub Minar – an archaeological site in Delhi features under UNESCO world heritage sites. The Qutub is the tallest brick minaret in the world and thus holds great historical significance. Qutub’s history dates back to 1200’s when Qutb al-Din Aibak, the founder of Delhi Sultanate started its construction. Around 1220, Iltumish – Aibak’s successor and son in law added three more towers to the tower. Somewhere around 1360’s lightning struck the tower destroying it completely. After that Ferozshah Tuglaq restored the tower and added two more floors. The Qutub complex various monuments including the iron pillar, Alai Darwaza, the tomb of Ilutimish and few others.
Till 1981, the general public was allowed to visit the top of the tower. In December of 1981, because of a stampede, around 50 people were killed. Failure of electricity was one of the main cause of the accident and there were 300-400 people inside the tower which led to the panic and thus increasing casualty. Since then, it has been closed for public access to the inside of the tower.
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