“Oh God, bestow unto this city peace and prosperity.  Let millions of men of all castes, creeds and religions make it their abode, like fishes in the water.”  ~ Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, while laying the foundation of Charminar in 1591.

Char Minar

Charminar literally means "four minarets", soaring to a height of 56 meters (183.7 feet) above the ground. It is the most important landmark of Hyderabad, a 400-year-old city in India. A masjid occupies the top floor of the four-story structure.

Nadia Masood

Locally available granite, sand and lime mortar were used to build this monument. The design is an assimilation of Indo-Islamic style of architecture.

A very busy market

Charminar is surrounded by countless shops and restaurants, attracting people and merchandise of every description; it gets very busy after 4 pm. This isn't really my favorite place to be during the rush hour, where the crowd tends to get a bit less friendly (lots of pushing and shoving). But you can get the best deals on gorgeous glass bangles and pearls (if you know the art of bargaining). Tip: always go shopping with a local.

night time

The Charminar is most beautiful at night. If, just for a brief moment, you stand and look at it, momentarily forgetting about the crowd and traffic, you'll find yourself transported into a different era.


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42 Responses to Charminar

  1. Erin says:

    so liked your post and background information about the charminar. learned something new today. like the dusk/night shot best.

  2. Carver says:

    What a beautiful place. I love the architectural details and also very interesting.

  3. What a marvelous look at your world! Great captures of a really beautiful piece of architecture!
    And thanks for the interesting history as well!

  4. SandyCarlson says:

    What an interesting structure. Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. So beautiful, and it’s amazing that there is a bustle in the last photo; it looks so peaceful. I think I would like to visit. (I love to bargain.)

  7. Guy D says:

    Incredible architecture, you captuerd it perfectly.

    Have a great week
    Regina In Pictures

  8. Thanks so much for visiting my site and leaving a nice note..this building is a stunner, wish I could see it and go there.

  9. masood says:

    My beautiful city. I am missing it 😦

  10. ewok1993 says:

    fascinating structure. i love to see that someday.

  11. Umm_Omar says:

    As Salamu alaykum wa rahmathullah,

    Firstly I ask forgiveness if this post/comment offends you/concept of ur website. I am a muslimah who has been

    accepted to IlmSummit 2009 and in desperate need of financial aid. Pl help me either by supporting financially

    /spreading the word insha Allah. Pls visit– for sadaqa -e jariya insha ALlah. I
    pray that Allah make it easy and beneficial for all the Ummah bi’idhnillah. Jazakumullah Khayr.

    wa Salam,
    Sister in Islam

  12. babooshka says:

    Very educational post and such a beautiful looking city.

  13. James says:

    That is a really great looking building. I would love to take pictures of it.

  14. marcia says:

    oh I liked learning about that so unique

  15. Sally in WA says:

    Wonderful architecture! And I’ll be sure to shop with a local should I ever get the chance to visit.

  16. Hajar Alwi says:

    Beautiful architecture. Did you get to pray in the masjid or is it no longer in use?

    I haven’t had the chance to see the Charminar from the inside 😦 So I’m not sure whether the masjid is still in use.

  17. Fishing Guy says:

    Nadia: Certainly a wonderful place to visit.

  18. SIXSTARS NZ says:

    Nice photos and a great piece of architecture. I like the detail of the workmanship.

  19. Niyaz says:

    Wow such a nice place , still looking new..

  20. Arija says:

    ….transported not only to a different era, but also a different level of consciousness.

    A beautiful post.

  21. Umm Travis says:


  22. Antigoni says:

    Great architecture and beautiful photos.

  23. ladyfi says:

    Fascinating! Love the intricacy of the minarets.

  24. Wolynski says:

    Wow, beautiful photos. I still don’t understand how people managed to build these intricate structures hundreds of years ago. Amazing to look at.

  25. Ubaid says:

    you are a pro 😉

  26. WOW, what a beautiful monument….indeed….

  27. Umm Omar says:

    Wow, how fascinating. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.
    btw, this is not the same Umm Omar as above. 🙂

  28. Karen says:

    What a beautiful, majestic building…

    Great information about it, as well..

    Lovely captures..

  29. Specs says:

    Wow, the details on the minar are awesome!

    Excellent photography 🙂

  30. Rajesh says:

    Nice architecture. I have seen it business trip. It is a very busy area.

    Beautiful snaps

  31. @Nadia, Thanks for visiting my blog…hehehe

  32. aguthrieimages says:

    Your world is Amazing and beautiful all at the same time!

  33. magiceye says:

    that indeed was wonderful!

  34. Jennifer says:

    I love the shot from the street, an interesting combination

  35. Haleem says:

    the monument is just too lovely. amazing it was built so many years ago, and still standing!

  36. д§mд says:

    oh wow … looks simply amazing 🙂

    There’s a similar place ..not so exquisite though named Charburjee – (stands for char burjh – char meenar) in lahore 🙂

  37. Mona says:

    Lovely clicks! Charminar looks serene and so gorgeous.

  38. rahin says:

    hey nadia, first time here, nice blog , love your style of writing, the pics are gorgeous

  39. mubi says:

    wow, u took great pics !!! i wana go to hyderabad too 😦

    always glad to visit ur blog 😀

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  41. meow says:

    It’s GORGEOUS! I love the pictures!

    I’ve forwarded your picture posts on Hyderabad to my husband in an effort to speed up the Hyderabad trip!

    Good luck with the speeding process! 😉

  42. Mohammed Ali says:

    “A masjid occupies the top floor of the four-story structure”

    The Masjid are built for offering 5 times prayer everyday, any of our Muslim Leaders or Ulema so far took trouble to find out why the Namaz is not been practice in the Charminar Masjid? Is it prohibited to offer prayers in Charminar? I request the Muslim Leaders to intervene into this matter, despite its an open place for tourist to feel and experience the architectural workmanship and its beauty, May Allaha bless Quli Qutub Shah, Ameen

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