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Jama Masjid (Mosque)

Jama Masjid, originally called Masjid Jahan-numa, is one of the most sacred places of worship for the followers of Islam. Emperor Shah Jahan ordered the construction of the mosque in 1650. Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and can accommodate 25,000 worshippers. It is sprawled over an area of 2265 square meters. It lies in Chawri Bazar in Old Delhi. This sacred mosque contains several unique things such as rare Islamic relics and an antique Qur’an copy done on deer skin.

Built on a hillock, the masjid has 389 steps leading into the courtyard from the north, south and east directions, and 774 steps from the east entrance. These steps used to be alive with numerous food stalls, petty vendors and entertainers.

Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 as a result of the labor of over 6000 workers. The mosque was built at a cost of Rs. 10,00,000, which in those days was a fortune. The most special thing about the mosque, and something that portrays the liberal minds of the Mughal rulers, is that the 260 pillars that support the huge prayer hall are inlaid with Jain and Hindu traditional motifs. The black and white checked marble floor, the massive entrance gates, the delicate looking minarets and the domed pavilions add a lot of architectural splendor to the structure.

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Open: Every Days

Visit Timings: 7AM to 6.30PM

Entry Fee: free (Indian), free (foreigner)