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Charminar is the most prominent landmark located right in the heart of Hyderbad .  The monument was erected when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. It got its name from its structure as it consists of four minarets.

The imposing structure looks awe inspiring during the night when it is illuminated. The life around Charminar never ceases to throb, as this part smells and feels like the real Hyderabad.

Since the construction of the monument in 1591, the city has been synonymous with the name of Charminar. It is a massive structure which has four minarets. It is situated on the east bank of Musi River and stands tall amidst the labyrinthine Laad bazaar in the old city.

The Charminar is an example of unpatrolled artistic brilliance, and it is also considered to be one of the marvellous structures in India. Towards the north of Charminar, there are four gateways known as Char Kaman which is constructed in the cardinal directions.

The structure was intended to serve as a Madrasa or a Mosque. It is mainly built of Indo-Islamic architecture along with the incorporation of Persian Architectural elements.

Charminar is synonymous with the culture of Hyderabad standing tall as a reminder of the glorious days of the past era. The area around Charminar is popular for colourful bangles, jewellery, pearls and scrumptious dishes. The essence of Charminar lies in four things - the laid back crowds, the packed markets, the lip smacking biryani and the Irani chai.

Charminar was built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty when he shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad.

According to the historians, the inadequacy of water and the plague forced Quli Qutub Shahi to move his capital. He pledged to build a monument if the suffering of his people came to an end.

The Charminar was built to commemorate the decision and eradication of plague from the city. It is known as Charminar as it is supported by four minarets on four sides which were possibly meant to commemorate the first four caliphs of Islam. The old city of Hyderabad was designed keeping Charminar as the centre of the city. 

According to some legends, Quli Qutub Shahi saw his beloved wife, Baghmati, at this very site.

He built Charminar as a symbol of his eternal love for his wife. There is also a legend that talks about the existence of a secret tunnel under the Charminar that connects it to the golkonda fort .  It was created as a means of escape for the royal family in the time of emergencies. 



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