Qutub Minar

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View of a five-story tapered minaret rising behind the façade of a run-down mosque with two men seen from behind in the foreground. The site is described as follows by the authors:

The village of Qutub—in which the remarkable column represented in the accompanying engraving, rises in towering majesty over the scattered relics of the ancient capital of the Mogul empire—is situated about ten miles south-west of modern Delhi, amidst a scene of desolation that has been spreading around it for nearly two centuries. […] The summit was originally crowned with a majestic cupola of red granite, which has long fallen from its elevated position, and lies scattered in fiagments around the base of the pillar.

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