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Jama Masjid

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The Jama Masjid, the Friday congregational mosque in Delhi is the largest and most glorious mosque in India. It was the last architectural extravagance of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan and was his main mosque. Built in the year 1656 AD by 5,000 craftsmen it stands on one of the two hills, Bho Jhala in the Mughal capital, Shahjahanabad. It was built across the road from the Red Fort. The mosque is also known as Masjid-I-Jahanuma, which means 'mosque commanding a view of the world'.The mosque has three gateways, four towers and two minarets. The structure was situated on a high platform so that its magnificent facade would be visible from all the neighboring areas. The main prayer hall on the west is decorated by a series of high cusped arches, which stand on 260 pillars. These pillars support 15 marble domes at various elevations. The imposing gateways are approached through a broad flight of steps in the north and the south. The hallmarks of this famous mosque are the wide staircases and arched gateways. Its courtyard has a capacity to hold nearly 25,000 worshippers. The closet in the North gate of the mosque contains a collection of Muhammad's relics - the Quran written on deerskin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprint, embedded in a marble slab, all of which are still preserved.


Product Code FARSM-02
Dimensions 9" X 11" W
229 mm W
Width X Height