Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad

Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad (must see)

Mecca Masjid, also Makkah Masjid, is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and it is one of the largest Mosques in India. Makkah Masjid is a listed heritage building in the old city of Hyderabad, close to the historic landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace,Laad Bazaar, and Charminar. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, commissioned bricks to be made from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site of Islam, and used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque, thus giving the mosque its name. It formed the centerpiece around which the city was planned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah.

The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, enough to accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a time. Fifteen arches support the roof of the main hall, five on each of the three sides. A wall rises on the fourth side to provide Mihrab. At the peak of the minarets flanking the mosque is an arched gallery, and above that a smallish dome and a spire. Inscriptions from the Qur'an adorn many of the arches and doors. The main structure of the mosque is sandwiched between two massive octagonal columns made out of a single piece of granite. The cornices running around the entire mosque structure and the floral motifs and friezes over the arches remind the tourist of the great attention paid to detail in Qutub Shahi architecture. They have a close resemblance to the arches at Charminar and Golkonda Fort.

The Makkah Masjid is a listed heritage building, however, lack of maintenance and growing pollution has withered and cracked the structure. It received a chemical wash in 1995. To prevent further damage, the Andhra Pradesh government made Charminar a traffic-free zone in August 2001.

On the edge of the pond are two stone and slab benches, whoever sits on them, according to legend, returns to sit on them again. A room in the courtyard is believed to house a hair of the Islamic prophet Muhammed.
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Sight Name: Mecca Masjid
Sight Location: Hyderabad, India
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Hyderabad Old Town Tour  

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Hyderabad Cultural Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Hyderabad Old Town Tour

Hyderabad Old Town Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km