Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Alai Darwaza (Allah Uddin Gate)

Alai Darwaza (Allah Uddin Gate)

The southern gateway of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque was extended by Alauddin Khalji in 1311. The Alai Darwaza is the first through and through Islamic building in character, architecture and ornamentation. Its construction is painstakingly accurate, the decoration are the politically correct geometric designs and is a typical Khali building. It displays a certain Seljuqian influence, like in the huge dome with a central knob, pointed arches shaped like horseshoes, and the 'lotus-bud' fringes of the arches.

The Construction of Darwaza

The Darwaza is built of red sandstone with arched openings on all sides. It is topped off by a wide but shallow dome rising from an octagon-shaped base. The northern arch is semicircular, while the others have the pointed 'true' arch horseshoe shape. The arch frames are embellished with 'lotus-bud' designs, which are also seen in the perforated screens on the sides of the gate. The gateway is very skillfully decorated with complex carvings of the geometric patterns and white marble bands of calligraphy.

The above text courtesy from the website of indiasite.com



The Ala-I-Darwaza is a magnificent gateway in the complex. The gateway was built by the first Khilji sultan of Delhi, Ala ud din Khilji. The gateway is decorated with inlaid marble decorations, latticed stone screens and showcases the remarkable craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans who worked on it.

It is considered to one of the best building built in the sultana period.with its horse shoe shaped arches it adds a grace to the quw'at'ul islam mosque to which it served as an entrance.

The above text courtesy from the website of  Indiahabitat.org. 

In my collection i have 2 different vintage post cards of this Alai Darwaza (Allah Uddin Gate).

Below are my 2 vintage post cards ofAlai Darwaza (Allah Uddin Gate).

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