Charminar is a monument and a mosque, considered synonymous with the history of Hyderabad and was completed in 1591 CE. It is a landmark monument of Hyderabad and it is believed that Mohammed Quli Qutub Shahi, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty had built this monument to commemorate the end of a deadly plague menace that had gripped the city then. It is located near the banks of the river Musi.
Charminar is derived from two distinct words called Char and Minar, meaning four towers. It is also considered the Arc de Triomphe of the East. S Each of the sides measure 20 meters while the minarets are located at a height of 48.7 meters from the ground level. The structure is famous for its profuse stucco decorations and arrangement of impressive balustrades and balconies. The floral design is executed impressively whereas the four clocks in four cardinal directions were added in 1889.