Adding a unique charm in the historical significance of the city of Nawabs, is the famous Jama Masjid in Lucknow. Built by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah Bahadur in the year 1839, Jama Masjid is one of the oldest historical landmarks in Lucknow. Along with being a popular tourist site, it also serves as an important religious centre in Lucknow for the Muslim community. Despite being compared with Jama Masjid of Delhi, this mosque has gained its own popularity because of its unique architectural design. Unlike Delhi's Jama Masjid, this one is built of Lakhuri bricks and is plastered with lime. At present, Jama Masjid along with other popular tourist attractions of Lucknow pioneer the tourism scene of the city.
The history of this renowned mosque is quite interesting. In the year 1839, Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah laid the foundation of Jama Masjid in Lucknow as an intention to surpass Jama Masjid of Delhi. However, his dream was left unfulfilled because of his sudden demise. Thereafter, his wife, Malika Jahan Begum, took the charge to finish of the construction of this much-famed mosque in Lucknow. But because of the shortage of funds, the original ambition was curtailed. Despite constructed on a low budget, Jama Masjid has an unrivalled charm.
Like most of the popular historical sites in Lucknow, Jama Masjid also boasts an impressive Mughal architecture. It is completely built of Lakhuri bricks and lime. Along with that, the entire structure of the mosque is magnificently adorned with stucco motifs, which adds a different grandeur in the stunning architecture of Jama Masjid. The mosque complex is erected on a square terrace and stands straight on around 260 pillars. Inside the mosque, there is a prayer hall which is rectangular in shape and a beautiful facade of eleven arches that located on the west. The central facade is largest of all with includes an imposing gateway which is also adorned with gorgeous stucco work.
On the top of the prayer hall lies the three pear-shaped domes that are exquisitely ornamented with the inverted lotus of their top. Along with that, these domes are surrounded four-storey minarets placed on either side. The walls and domes include the intricate patterns and mural designs. Along with that, various inscriptions can also be found on the walls of pillars. The tomb of Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah lies on the eastern side, whereas, the Imambara of Malika Jahan is also located on the western side of the mosque complex.
Jama Masjid, Tehseenganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226004, India.
Jama Masjid of Lucknow remains accessible all day a week. One can visit the place at any time from 5 in the morning to 9 in the evening.
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