Situated about 400m north of Hauz Khas metro station in south Delhi, Chor Minar is one of those typical isolated monuments you come across in the city if you decide to explore on foot.
Also known as the “Tower of Thieves”, it was built sometime between 1296 and 1316 AD during the rule of Alauddin Khalji, the second Sultan of the Khalji dynasty. He was also responsible for building the nearby Siri Fort about 3km away.
The wall of the circular tower has over 220 holes, supposedly for displaying the heads of thieves to act as a deterrent. This appears to have been a common practise back in the 14th century, the towers of Siri Fort are said to have once displayed the heads of 8,000 Mongol prisoners who were executed after the Battle of Amroha in 1305. Folklore also suggests that some of those heads may have found their way here to Chor Minar.
Despite the gruesome backstory, Chor Minar today stands in the middle of a traffic roundabout with a small pleasant garden and peaceful surroundings away from the main roads. If you happen to be passing nearby on the metro it’s well worth a few minutes walk to pay this monument a visit.
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