Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), Delhi

Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), Delhi (must see)

Built in 1656 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, this mosque has survived the ravages of time. It stands as an example of the emperor’s passion for elegant architectural design. It took six years, more than 5,000 workers to complete.

The exterior of this Masjid has alternating stripes of white marble and red sandstone lending a magical charm to the structure. The Masjid features verses from the Holy Quran and intricate carvings inscribed on the walls. The mosque contains several interesting artifacts such as a replica of the original Quran written on a deer skin, footprint of prophet Muhammed, his sandals and a beard hair. While the minarets made of red sandstone and white marble with black color stripes are the most important attractions, the combination of wide staircases, marble domes and arched gateways make this place of worship stand out even more.

Jama Masjid is a blend of the best of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. You can reach the mosque through the gateways at the north or south. The main entrance gate in the east remains closed on most of the days. Footwear is left at the entrance for a small fee and is looked after by workers; garments are offered to cover up at the entrance to respect the custom of decency.

Why You Should Visit:
Even if you've seen a mosque before, the size of everything here will still catch you off guard!

Instead of going into the mosque, go around the corner to the spice market and climb to the rooftop of the building. You will have an amazing view of the inside of the mosque.
You can also climb on the southern Minar for a nominal entrance fee and have an overlook view of Old Delhi from the top. Note that it's steep and very narrow in there, though.
Photos are allowed inside so do carry a camera and capture your moments in and around. If you really wish to sense something different, then do come prior to evening Azaan.

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Sight Name: Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque)
Sight Location: Delhi, India (See walking tours in Delhi)
Sight Type: Religious
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