March 6, 2016

Smith's Cupola - Qutb Complex, Delhi

Site Name: Smith's Cupola
Site Type: Monument
Location:  Qutb Minar Complex, Mehrauli, Delhi, India
Highlights: It was crowning Qutb Minar once

Nearest Railway Station: Delhi
Nearest Airport: Delhi
How to reach: Well connected by road, rail and air

Hotel: A lot of options are available within Delhi city
Restaurants: Many options and varieties across the city

Delhi, the capital city of India, is famous for monuments. It has around 1300 monuments. Qutb Minar is one of the most popular monuments in Delhi. In Qutb Minar complex, apart from Qutb Minar, there are so many other monuments also located. In this article, let us discuss about a unique monument called Smith's Cupola, which was crowning Qutb Minar once.


Qutb Minar was crowned with a cupola, which fell down during an earthquake in the early 19th century CE. Major Robert Smith, who was serving as a British Army Engineer, took an active interest in restoring Qutb Minar complex. After restoring the entire Qutb Minar minaret in 1829 CE, he designed this vibrant red colored Bengali style cupola and placed it on top of the minaret.

For the British Viceroy Lord Hardinge, it was not looking attractive and was more like an eyesore. He brought it down in 1848 CE.

Today, this cupola lies near the minaret within the same complex.

Happy travelling.

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