Jama Masjid is the largest mosque of India which attracts tourists from far and wide. Reflecting the perfect blend of Mughal and Hindu styles of architecture, this mosque is a major attraction of the Delhi tour. It was built in the year 1656 as the main mosque of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, who also built the famous Taj Mahal at Agra. It was constructed over a span of 6 years. Located in the Old Delhi region of Delhi, it is also called ‘Masjid-e-Jahan Numa’.
Red sandstone and white marble were used to build this beautiful mosque which has two minarets, three gateways and four towers. The contrast of red sand stone and white marble has come out beautifully. The mosque houses an antique copy of the Quran which is written on deer skin.
The mosque was constructed on a high platform to make it visible from all its surrounding areas. A series of high cusped arches is the main highlight of the main prayer hall of the mosque. There are several pillars supporting the dome. The arched gateways and wide staircases are the striking attractions of the mosque. For namaaz people gather at the premises of the south minaret which is 1076 sq ft wide. The courtyard of the mosque can accommodate around twenty-five thousand worshippers.
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