No visit to Hyderabad should be undertaken without visiting the grand and majestic centerpiece of the city that is Charminar. The Charminar is also called by some as the Arc de Triomphe of the East and is one of the most important monuments of Hyderabad. Islamic architecture is characterized mostly by the deployment of arches, minarets, and domes in order to make a unified whole, and the Charminar answers to this principle impressively. In spite of this, though, it still has several features that answer to Hindu architecture, and as a whole, it embodies elements of the temple architecture of South India, a fitting testament to the Hindu and Islam-influenced culture of Hydebaran and the dynasty that built it. But then equally mesmerising is the view of the city below from Charminar, when you see from the top. A fascinating mix of the beautiful culture that the monument itself embodies. A bustling city, a great heritage and a sprawling sea of various activities that actually sustain on Charminar.
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