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Mosque Mecca Masjid

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Located in the old part of the beautiful Hyderabad city, near Charminar, a mosque, Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India.

The mastermind behind the construction of the Mecca Masjid in 1614, became the ruler of Golconda Sultanate, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah decided to shift to India a piece of the Holy Moslem land of Mecca, so his orders from there were taken to the land from which were made the bricks for the Central arch of the new mosque. The building was completed in 1694 won the Golconda by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Granite Mecca Masjid can accommodate about 10 thousand people. Its huge main hall with a height of over 22 meters and surrounded by 15 beautiful arches, and the walls are decorated with carved friezes and moldings. As in any mosque, the main attraction of Mecca Masjid is its minarets, which, although not high, but very elegant. Balconies supported by arches, covered with carved patterns and decorative elements. And the domes are crowned with sharp bronze spikes.

The mosque is a pond in which to wash one's hands and one end are two stone benches and, according to legend, everyone who sat on them, will definitely be back to this mosque.

Entrance leading to the courtyard, is a long arched hallway, decorated with small minarets at the end of which is located the graves of the Rulers Assad Jachi and some of nizams.

A work of art the finest works - the Mecca Masjid attracts both pilgrims and connoisseurs of beauty from all over the world.