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The JAMA Masjid Mosque

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As the capital of India, Delhi abounds in various historical places. So it is the largest mosque of the country JAMA Masjid. It was built during the years 1650-1656, during the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who also is the initiator of the construction of the famous Taj Mahal.

The mosque is located on the main street of old Delhi. It was originally known as the Masjid-I Jahan-NUMA, and the name "JAMA" comes from the word "Jummah" is a weekly service that is held at noon every Friday.

JAMA Masjid has a very impressive size - its capacity is 25 thousand people. It is a complex of a main building and the surrounding courtyard with tall walls, which is approximately 8058 meters to 549 meters. The courtyard is accessed through one of three gates - South, East and North, each gate is a large staircase, and each has a different number of stages, the longest consists of 774 steps and leads to the North gate. The Central building has a square shape, and built on the original platform height of 1.5 m. On the roof are 8 domes, decorated with purple and white marble stripes. Two three-tiered minaret of the mosque have a height of 41m, and built of white marble and red Sandstone. Each of them is a staircase of 130 steps.

Inside the mosque is located a few rooms for praying. They are decorated with magnificent marble arches. In one of the halls put a slab of white marble inlaid with inscriptions also of marble, but black.

Despite the huge number of tourists visiting this place, is a working mosque, so before entering you must remove your shoes and wear special clothing during the prayers of the people, not professing Islam, it is forbidden to go there.