Housed within the Qutab Minar Complex, at the center of the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, the Iron Pillar is a 7 meter high pillar weighing more than six tons. Belonging to the fourth century, the iron pillar initially stood in the center of a Jain temple complex that was destroyed by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak and the material was then used in the construction of Qutab Minar and Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque. Made of 98% wrought iron, this pillar has attracted many a debates and discussions as a result of the fact that the pillar even after sixteen centuries has not corroded. An excellent example of expertise of the metallurgists of that time, this architectural marvel is a major focal attraction of the city that attracts many a tourists on a daily basis. Many Hindi movies have also been shot at this scenic locale. It’s a common belief here that anyone who can encircle the pillar with their arms and their back facing the pillar has his or her wish fulfilled. However in order to avoid any damage to the historical property, tourists are kept off from the pillar. It remains open daily.