Check out the Charminar on your trip to Hyderabad.

A holiday to Hyderabad in India wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Charminar, one of the most important monuments in Andrah Pradesh or any other part of India.

Built in the 16th century, the ornate structure and its four spires are as symbolic of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower of Paris, according to the city’s tourism agency.

It was constructed by the city’s founder, Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, in 1591 at the very centre of the Hyderabad’s original layout.

But more than a monument to the city’s grandness, Charminar was also said to have been built as a charm that could ward off the deadly epidemics of that bygone era.

A holy building, it contains prayer spaces and a mosque, with visitors able to view the inside of the monument, which is illuminated at night, each day between 9am and 5.30pm.

Nearby, the Mecca Masjid is also well-worth a visit, particularly as it is just a short work from the Charminar.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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