Visit India’s largest mosque that can hold some 25,000 people at one go. This grand mosque was Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s final architectural opus and it was built between 1644 and 1658. Towering over Delhi, this majestic monument is a jewel in the crowd of the capital city of India. Further, it’s incredibly large and has three gates, four towers and two 40 meters high minarets.
Jama Masjid is built on red sandstone entrance about 30 feet high from level of ground. Built by 5000 workers, the original name of the mosque was Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa which means ‘mosque commanding view of the world’. One can climb 121 steps up narrow southern minaret after buying tickets at the entrance. From top of minaret, one can see the feature that Edwin Lutyens incorporated in his design of New Delhi i.e., Jama Masjid, Sansad Bhawan and Connaught Place are in direct line.
Jama Masjid is about 90 feet wide and 261 feet long, and the prayer hall has 27.5 meter breadth and 61 meter in length. The floor of mosque is covered with black and white ornamented marble which resembles a prayer mat. The mosque is covered with carvings and verses from holy Quran are inscribed there. Your Delhi trip is incomplete without visiting this remarkable piece of architecture!