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Alai Darwaza, Qutb Complex, New Delhi

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate), built in 1311, was the southern gateway leading into Sultan Ala-ud-Din’s extension of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate), built in 1311, was the southern gateway leading into Sultan Ala-ud-Din's extension of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. Photo Credit: Sawf News

September 27, 2010, (Sawf News) – The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate), built in 1311, was the southern gateway leading into Sultan Ala-ud-Din’s extension of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.

The historical monument is part of the Qutb Complex in Mehrauli, South New Delhi, India.

The Qutb Complex is open from sunrise to sunset and accessible using an arterial road and metro rail.

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate), built in 1311. Photo Credit: Sawf News

The Alai Darwaza, is the only building at the Qutb Complex that is still intact, other than the Qutb Minar.

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate). Photo Credit: Sawf News

The Alai Darwaza is looked upon as a treasured gem of Islamic architecture that showcases the remarkable craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans who worked on it.

It is believed to be the first building in India to employ Islamic architecture principles in its construction and ornamentation.

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate). Photo Credit: Sawf News

It is made of red sandstone relieved by white marble and adorned with bands of Quranic texts of the formal arabesques.

It consists of a square hall roofed by a single dome, with arched, horse shoe shaped entrances on each of its four walls.

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate). Photo Credit: Sawf News

Bold geometric patterings adorn the interior walls and window screens

The structure is marked by a perfect symmetry and structural propriety of all its parts. A high plinth adds to its majesty.

The exterior walls have lace like decorations.

The Alai Darwaza (Alai Gate). Photo Credit: Sawf News

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