India’s Largest Mosque, Jama Masjid
October 23, 2011 • Photography & Travel
This morning I decided to check out Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque which was located in Old Delhi.
The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (the ‘World-reflecting Mosque’), commonly known as the Jama Masjid was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, in the year 1644 and was completed 14 years later. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshipers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur’an written on deer skin.
It was very quiet when I arrived at the mosque a little past 7:30am. The lighting was perfect for some photos as I made my way up the front stairs into the massive courtyard. The few local worshipers that were there were very welcoming. It costs Rs200 to acquire a photography ticket which will allow you to shoot anywhere in the complex and if you want to head up to the top of one of the towers then it’s another Rs100 for that. I have to say it is well worth climbing the 133 steps to the top as the view is spectacular.
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