Day 15, Part 1: Jantar Mantar, & Qutb Minar


Exterior of an instrument at Jantar Mantar. This whole complex is full of structures that were once used as instruments for astronomy.Katie - 17 of 22

Interior of the same instrument.BookScanCenter_14

Later we visited the Qutb Complex.  Here you can see the Qutb Minar, which is the tallest stone minaret in the world.  It was ordered into existence by a Turkish slave left behind to govern Delhi. 3 different men worked on the Qutb Minar.

Group Photos - 16 of 25The complex is composed of pieces of preexisting structures that were pillaged for its construction.  The pieces are from different structures from different religions, so you can see hints of Jain, Hindu, and Buddhist architecture.  An attempt has been made to deface the majority of the figures, as Islamic art doesn’t allow the portrayal of figures. However, some can still be seen on the outskirts of the complex.  I like the idea of this complex existing; people go to war over religion and here is this complex that is made of pieces of structures belonging to various religions, and was worked on by different types of people.