Mosques in Ahmedabad

Siddi Saiyad’s Mosque

One of the most photographed monuments in Ahmedabad is the Sidi Saiyad Mosque situated near Lal Darwaja, towards the north-west corner of the Bhadra Fort. The mosque was built by a slave of Ahmed Shah in 1572 and it was carved with extraordinary delicacy. It is world-renowned for its superb yellow stone tracery, in particular, the splendid Jali screen, framed, in ten semi-circular windows. It is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture (a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture) and its models in miniature are best known souvenirs of the city.

Rani Sipri Mosque

Rani Sipri’s Mosque, also known as Masjid-e-Nagina (Jewel of a Mosque) is situated towards the southwest of Manek Chowk. The mosque is so called because of its elegant proportions and slender minarets. The mosque is believed to have been built in 1514 AD by Rani Sipri, wife of Mehmud Begada who executed their son for a misdemeanor. After the death of Rani Sipri, her body was buried under the premises of the mosque.

The height of the mosque is 50ft and length is 54ft. It has a separate area of worship, upstairs, for women called, 'Jenana'. Another important tourist attraction at this place is 'Jhulta Minar', better known as the Shaking Minarets.

Jama Masjid

This yellow sandstone structure is the principal landmark of the city built by Ahmed Shah in 1423. The mosque is situated near Mahatma Gandhi Road in the heart of the city. It was built in Indo- Saracenic style of architecture, said to be the most beautiful mosque in the East. It has 260 pillars supporting 15 domes arranged symmetrically. A special feature of the mosque is the Muluk-Khana, or the Royal Gallery, which is a platform standing on pillars and enclosed up to the roof with beautiful stone work. The interior of the mosque is illuminated with natural light filtered through latticework screens. The mosque remains busy on Friday prayers.

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