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Charminar
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Location Hyderabad, Telangana, India
17°21′42″N 78°28′29″E / 17.36163°N 78.47467°E / 17.36163; 78.47467Coordinates: 17°21′42″N 78°28′29″E / 17.36163°N 78.47467°E / 17.36163; 78.47467
Affiliation Islam
State Telangana
Year consecrated 1591
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Heritage designation Monument of National Importance, UNESCO Tentative List

The Charminar is a monument and mosque in Hyderabad, India. The structure was built in 1591 AD. It is the most famous building of Hyderabad and also one of the most famous buildings in India. It was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi to celebrate the end of a deadly plague. The Charminar lies near the bank of the river Musi. It is close to Laad Bazaar and Makkah Masjid. Charminar is taken from two words Char and Minar which translate as Four Towers in English.

Some people write Charminar was the first structure to be constructed in the newly built city of Hyderabad. It is said that Quli Qutab Shahi prayed for the end of the plague and vowed to build a mosque if it was eradicated. Mir Momin Astarabadi, the prime minister of Qutb Shah played an important role in the design and layout of Charminar and the city of Hyderabad. The structure is of Indo-Islamic architecture with some Persian elements. name="Lauren&Jaffrelot">Gayer, Lauren; Lynton, Christophe Jaffrelot (2011). Muslims in Indian cities: trajectories of marginalisation. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-80085-3. https://books.google.com/?id=Z7J8ITgtkosC. Retrieved 27 March 2013.</ref>

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