on the Jama Masjid mosque was begun in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor
Shah Jahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort. More than 5,000
for six years to complete the largest mosque in India. Every Friday,
the emperor and his retinue would travel in state from the fort
to the mosque to attend the congressional prayers. A fine example
of Mughal architecture, the Jama Masjid has three gateways.
largest and highest on the east was reserve exclusively for the
emperor. The main courtyard of the emperor. The main courtyard of
the mosque is 408 square feet and paved with red stone. In the centre
is a large marble tank in which the devout wash before attending
prayers. The main mosque is crowned by three onion shaped domes
made of white marble and inlaid with stripes of black slate. On
the north and south of the complex are two 130 feet high minarets
which offer a spectacular bird's eye-view of the city.
Masjid is not only architecturally beautiful, but also a place of
great religious significance as it houses a hair from the beard
of the Prophet and also a chapter of the Holy Quran written by him.