The Qutub Complex in New Delhi, India, contains masterpieces of Indo-Islamic art and remnants of far older civilizations. Its centerpiece is the Qutub Minar, an exquisitely decorated minaret that dates from the early 1200s. The complex also includes two mosques, one of which, the Quwwatu’l-Islam, is the oldest mosque in northern India.
The tower is made of sandstone, with marble facings and inlays. The decorations consist of geometric patterns and inscriptions from the Koran. Like all minarets, the Qutub Minar provided high platforms for calls to prayer. This tower also celebrated victory and represented the power of the new dynasty.
The Qutub complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts visitors from around the world. They come to gaze up at the dizzying heights of the Qutub Minar and to worship in the ancient mosques. The complex also contains a madrasa, or religious school, tombs, and the ruins of walls and other structures.