Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque: The First Mosque of The Islamic Conquest

Part of the Qutub Complex, the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is one of the first mosques to be built in Delhi during the Islamic conquest. It is also one of the few mosques that displays the Ghurids architecture in the Indian subcontinent.


Built between 1210-1220, the mosque was constructed by  Qutb-ud-din Aibak; founder of the Mamluk or Slave dynasty. According to an inscription on one of walls in the mosque, the building was constructed with parts taken from 27 Hindu and Jain temples that were destroyed during the time. The mosque had several alterations through the years and even went through many bouts of expansion even after Qutb passed away.

This is one of the many constructions that follow an Islamic style of architecture among others. Discover the many hidden treasures of Delhi on your next visit to the capital. Drop by our Travel Desk and we’ll gladly arrange a tour of the city. Enjoy the best of accommodation and facilities only with us, at one of the best hotels in South Delhi.

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