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The Four Towers

The Charminar, Hyderabad's famous landmark is a masterpiece of Qutb Shahi architecture. It was built in 1591.
According to the story there was an outbreak of cholera and the inhabitants erected a huge Tazia (a structure representing the tomb of Imam Hussain) in the heart of the city during Moharrum. When the epidemic subsided the Charminar was constructed at the same spot by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah.
The beautiful building rises to four storeys and has a mosque at the top. During the Nizam's days his subjects were debarred from going up as the Charminar overlooked the palace and it was thought unseemly that the ladies of the royal household should be exposed to public gaze.

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