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Architecture > CHARMINAR AT DAWN by Ravinder Reddy Duggempudi

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Ravinder Reddy Duggempudi Ravinder Reddy Duggempudi
Explore score
0.35 Gigapixels
Date added
Mar 28, 2009
Date taken
Mar 27, 2009

Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the monument in 1591 shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golkonda to what now is known as [[Hyderabad, India|Hyderabad]][http://www.aponline.gov.in/Quick%20links/HIST-CULT/architecture_qut.html A.P. Government: Charminar]. Legend has it that the building honors a promise Quli Qutb Shah made to Allah. He supposedly had prayed for the end of a plague and vowed that he would build a [[masjid]] on that very place. The masjid became popularly known as Charminar because of its four (Farsi ''char'' = four) minarets (''Minar'' (Arabic manara) = spire/tower), which possibly honor the [[Rashidun|first four caliph]]s of [[Islam]]. The actual masjid occupies the top floor of the four-story structure. ([[Madame Blavatsky]] asserted that each of the floors was meant for a separate branch of learning .)''FROM THE CAVES AND JUNGLES OF HINDOSTAN'',H.P.Blavatsky. Urbana, Illinois (USA): Project Gutenberg.Etext #6687. 2004. p 265 There is a legend that an underground tunnel connects the palace at [[Golconda]] to Charminar to give the Qutb Shahi royal family an escape route should they need it during a siege. However, the exact location of the tunnel is unknown.

In 1591 while laying the foundation of Charminar, Quli prayed: ''Oh God, bestow unto this city peace and prosperity. Let millions of men of all castes, creeds and religions make it their abode. Like fishes in the water.'' True to the legend, the city blossomed into a synthesis of two cultures.

Please contact D.Ravinder Reddy at + 00-91-9866332244 for Prints / Enlargements and Busssiness enquiries


Gigapan Comments (8)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (June 19, 2013, 10:36AM )

    Wonderful shot and geocoded too! More please.

  2. capsula2210

    capsula2210 (October 29, 2009, 05:36PM )


  3. Srinivas Pasula

    Srinivas Pasula (April 27, 2009, 07:56PM )

    Is it Dawn or Dusk?

  4. Payam Rahmani

    Payam Rahmani (April 03, 2009, 12:50AM )

    Very beautiful.

  5. dippydodda

    dippydodda (March 31, 2009, 10:56PM )

    Awesome pics way to go...

  6. Ravinder Reddy Duggempudi

    Ravinder Reddy Duggempudi (March 30, 2009, 09:10PM )

    Hi Thank you very much Odyssey and Schott, Ofcourse its challenging to shoot at rapidly changing lighting condition(s). Cam used is Canon G10 on Gitzo Stand at 140 m Tele, ISO 400 / F 8/ 1/30 TH SECOND. Used Gigapan Stitcher with no additional photo stitching steps Regards Shashi Mettu

  7. Ron Schott

    Ron Schott (March 28, 2009, 05:44PM )

    I've got to agree wholeheartedly with odyssey - it's a spectacular GigaPan! Could you tell us a little about the equipment you used to shoot and stitch it? It's pretty challenging to capture a GigaPan in light changing as rapidly as it must have been when this was shot. I'm very interested to know what camera settings you used, and what, if anything, was required in terms of post-stitching cleanup. Thanks!

  8. Jason Buchheim

    Jason Buchheim (March 28, 2009, 04:39PM )

    This is very nicely done panorama both technically and aesthetically, good job!

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