Built in 1591 AD, the is a monument, which has over the years, attained immense popularity in India, and is one of the most cherished tourist spots. It is basically a mosque, highly popular in the city of Hyderabad, where it is located. It is the first historic monument to be constructed in the city and is hence, the oldest with a great amount of tourist attention.
Lying in close proximity with river Musi, the structure was built by Muhammad Quli Qutab Shahi, who established the monument as a symbol to celebrate the end of a ferocious plague that took many lives and became a matter of grave concern for the civilians. It was during the struggle of the plague that Shahi took a vow and said he would construct a mosque if the plague ended.
The name Charminar is composed of two words: Char and Minar, which when translated to English, means Four Towers.
Decked with a lot of Persian elements, the structure is mainly a mixture of indo- Islamic art, and its architecture and designing was done by the then prime minister of Shah, Mir Momin Astarabadi. Post its construction, Hyderabad city was divided in four equal parts around the Charminar.