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Ala-i-Darwaza

The Alai Darwaza is a part of the Qutb Minar complex and was built in Delhi by Ala-ud-din Khilji, the second in the Khilji Dynasty, in 1311 A.D. It was intended to be one of four great gates which the Sultan planned to build for the city. Unfortunately, he passed away after the first gate was constructed. It is one of the oldest gateways in Delhi and the first building in India to be built employing the principles of true Islamic architecture.

The Alai Darwaza has a domed roof and is carved from red sandstone and decorated with intricately carved patterns- including the five pointed Jewish Star of David- and inscriptions in the Naskh script. White marble is inlaid into the construct, along with delicate looking latticed stone screens. The arches of the gateway and screens curve to a point at the top, while a stone fringe of lotus buds points inwards from the main arches. The gateway is known for being incredibly symmetrical, adding the finishing touch to a building that is already a testament to the skill of the Turkish artisans responsible for its design and construction.

The Alai Darwaza can be found to the south of the Qutb Minar complex, leading to the Quwwat-UL-Islam mosque. The Qutb Minar can be found in Mehrauli, New Delhi, 16 kilometers from Connaught Place. It can be reached by both bus and metro.


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