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Misbah Noorie, a conservation architect, stated that construction on the archway began in March and took around six months to finish.

According to people with knowledge of the situation, the Qutub Minar complex’s Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, which dates back to the 12th century, having its archway restored by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Constructed from a combination of red sandstone, buff stone, and grey stone, the archway has undergone considerable erosion since its last conservation effort in 1964. According to the officials, the stones had fallen in some places and were broken in others.”The ceiling has been restored, and new stones have been put. In order to preserve the pattern’s continuity, we made sure to use the original colors,” superintending archaeologist Praveen Singh of ASI (Delhi circle) remarked.

The Qutub Minar complex’s conservation architect, Misbah Noorie of ASI, estimated that the archway’s construction began in March and took about six months to finish.

To preserve the structural integrity of the stones, the conservation organization utilized copper dowels, or cylindrical pins, rather than iron ones. According to Noorie, portions of the crimson archway have been damaged over time due to the use of iron dowels in earlier conservation efforts.

“Seepage has become a major issue due to the damaged ceiling. To address the trouble spots on the ceiling, we used lime concrete. We worked on the front of the archway where buff stone, red sandstone, and greystone were utilized in addition to the ceiling, Noorie continued.

According to the Gazetteer of the Delhi District (1883–84), Qutb-ud-din-Aibak, the founder of the Mamluk dynasty, began building of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in 1193 and finished it in 1196.

The mosque was expanded under the administrations of Alaudding Khilji and Iltutumish. The mosque’s prayer hall has a five-arched doorway with Quranic inscriptions, elaborate stone carvings, and other details that ASI will preserve.

Source- Hindustan times


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