JAMI MASJID

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Location: Fateh Pur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh)
Built in: 1572 AD
Significance: One Of The Largest Mosques Of India


In the close proximity of the Royal Palace is the Jami Masjid, the sacred section of the Fatehpur Sikri. Built in 1572 AD, this is one of the largest mosques of India. Inside the mosque is the vast congregational courtyard. To the right, at the corner, is the Jammat Khana hall and next to this is Zenana Rauza, the Tomb of the Royal Ladies.

The lattice screen tomb of Islam Khan, one of the nobles buried here, is also worth seeing. The focus of the Sufi shrine or 'dargah' is the relatively small but exquisite tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, much of which was originally crafted in red stone and only later faced in marble. The lattice screens are the most intricate and beautiful in the world, with serpentine brackets supporting the eaves.

To the left of the Jami Masjid is the Stone-Cutter's Mosque, the oldest place of worship at Fateh Pur Sikri. The main entrance is through Buland Darwaza, though it is advisable to enter through the eastern entrance known as the Badshahi Darwaza, as emperor Akbar used to enter through this door from his Khwabgah for daily prayers.


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