The Iron Pillar of Delhi
A Pillar that never rusts is standing in the centre of Quwwatul Mosque in Delhi, India. Thought to be made around the 4th Century A.D. The pillar is carved with inscriptions indicating it was erected in honour of the Hindu God, Vishnu, and for the memory of the Gupta King Chandragupta 11 (375-413.
It has stood for 1600 years without rusting.
The Pillar stands at 7.3 metres tall, with one metre buried in the ground, its diameter at the bottom is 48 centimetres and tapers to 29 centimetres at the top, it is approximately 6.5 ton in weight.
How the rust-resistant metal was forged so long ago remains a mystery, as does how the pillar came to be where it stands today, as it was most certainly not where it was made or where it originally stood.
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