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"Jama Masjid" Jami Masjid Tip by Rupanworld

Jami Masjid, Delhi: 46 reviews and 127 photos

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  • Jama Masjid - Delhi
  • The entrance - Delhi
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The Jama Masjid (also called the Masjid-I-Jahanuma or the 'mosque commanding view of the world') of Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor and architectural genius Shah Jahan in 1656 in his walled capital of Shahjahanabad, is the largest and most well known mosque in India. The design of the mosque is similar to many other mosques built by Shah Jahan but the beauty of it lies in the hugeness of the structure and at the same time the alternating stripes of red sandstone and white marble, makes it exceptionally beautiful and architecturally, a thing of wonder. The courtyard is built of red sandstone and there are three different set of stairs in three directions by which you can reach it. The complex outside the main mosque houses thoudands of temporary stalls selling articles starting from toys to blankets during the day time and quite impliedly the area is quite crowded. Inside the mosque, there are certain things to watch, like the Quran written on deer skin, a red beard-hair of Prophet Mohammad, his sandals and his footprint in a marble slab. The mosque was designed by Mughal architect Ostad Khalil and costed a very high amount of Rs. 10 crores, a huge figure for the 17th century. People of all religions are allowed to enter the mosque except during the prayer times and must take off shoes before entering.

Address: Opposite to red Fort

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  • Written Jan 27, 2009
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