Minaret of India's Charminar monument in Hyderabad damaged

Damage comes even as Archaeological Survey of India implemented restoration works for the years-old building in 2016

Hyderabad's Charminar is a 428-year old monument.
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Hyderabad's Charminar is a 428-year old monument.

Historical Indian monument and a symbol of its Hyderabad state, Charminar, has been damaged after a chunk of its minaret fell off on 1 May, three years after the building's four minarets were restored in 2016 by Archaeological Survey of India.

The monument was built in Hijri 1000 by the founder of Hyderabad city and fifth ruler of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah.

According to local daily Times of India, a portion of the lime stucco work fell from the granite slab on one of the four minarets that faces Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid.

In 2017, conservation assistant at ASI, Dr V Gopal Rao, revealed that the restoration team had used lime, plaster, sand, jaggery, gallnut, eggs, and marble powder for the minarets’ renovation work.

Standing at a height of 160m, the monument is a square structure measuring 32m on each side, with arches spanning a distance of 11m.

The damage to one of Charminar’s minarets comes days after another historical monument, France’s Notre Dame de Paris, was hit by a fire that brought down the 850-year old structure’s wooden spire and part of its vaulted roof.

Monumental architecture's maintenance is a key challenge for India.  

The Supreme Court of India, in July, ordered an urgent restoration of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal – commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, for his wife Mumtaz Mahal – to remove decades of dirt and damage that were turning the structure yellow.

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