If you are interested in islamic monuments, inscriptions and art than you should visit the Qutb Minar complex in Delhi.
The construction of the complex was started in 1192 AD to commemorate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over Prithviraj Chauhan. The ground before building the minaret held a large number of ancient Jain and Hindu temples, which were destroyed for space and building materials. You can read about it on the eastern gate. With new rulers the complex grew and new structures were gradually added.
The whole complex is very nice to walk and admire. It has again a "park" feel to it since there is some greenery and benches where you can sit and rest. The ruins, although sometimes very difficult to place and understand the meaning, are picturesque and give an ancient feel to the place. Especially when you sit among them and manage to stay there alone for some time.
In the center of the complex, and towering over other structures, is the tallest minaret in India - it is over 72 meters high. It is truly beautiful with its red and orange colors and perfectly preserved Arabic inscriptions and ornaments.
At the end of every year you can go to visit the complex and at the same time enjoy the "'Qutb Festival" where performers show their skills.
One of the best cities I visited in the U. S. A. was the capital of this great country - Washington D.C. It didn't have the capital feel for me somehow, because there was so much space and greenery. And there is so much to see there, so many monuments, buildings, parks and museums. One of the places I remember best is The Lincoln Memorial.
The Memorial was built in 1922 to honor America's 16th President - Abraham Lincoln. There was more than one creator of the monument. Henry Bacon designed the whole structure and Daniel Chester French is the man responsible for the sculptor of Lincoln. It took him and his crew (Piccirilli Brothers who did the carving) four years to complete this enormous project. The statue is almost 6 meters tall (Lincoln is seating in a chair and he seems to be thinking about something) from head to toe and was made from 28 big pieces of marble. The entire work is crowned by Jules Guerin, who painted the murals.
The interior is devided into three parts. In the middle there is Loncoln, and on his sides there are two of his most famous, and very important to the history, speeches - his speech when he become the President for the second time and the Gettysburg Address. The inscriptions were made by Evelyn Beatrice Longman.
The Memorial is a truly beautiful work of art. From the exterior to the interior, everything seems to be perfect and made with most care. It is great to see Lincold during the day, but also by night when he is iluminated and looks like he is glowing.