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Soaring high above the Quwwatual Islam mosque is the tower Sultan Qutbuddin Aibak built in AD 1196 to
celebrate the invincibility of Islam. Although modelled as a classical tower from which the muezzin
calls the faithful to prayers, the Qutb Minar was a symbolic rather than a functional structure. It
would be an extraordinary muezzin who would expect to be heard from a height of 72.5 meters -
assuming, in the first place, that he managed to trudge up the 379 steps five times, each day.