Built by Emperor Shahjahan in the typical
Mughal style, Jama
is one of the splendid architectural examples of the Mughal arena. Situated
at Old Delhi, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and the final
architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding
25,000 devotees. The mosque was built between 1644 and 1658, and was
originally called the Masjid-i-Jahanuma or "Mosque commanding a view of
The structure was placed on a high platform so that its magnificence would
be visible from all around. The platform is one of its spectacular features,
being shaped out of a single block of marble.
The Jama Masjid faces the Lal Qila (Red Fort) to the east and has three
gateways, four towers and two minarets, making it an more impressive. Jama
Masjid is the greatest religious construction of Islam and one of the most
magnificent mosques in India. Red sandstone and white marble has also been
used extensively in the construction of the mosque.
The Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan, between 1644
and 1658 by five thousand artisans. The plan and design of the mosque were
done by the great sculptor of the time, Ostad Khalil.
Place of Interest near Jama Masjid
» Red Fort
» Raj Ghat
» Chandni Chowk
How to Reach Jama Masjid
Located in the heart of Delhi, Jama Masjid is easily accessible from all
the corners of Delhi in many ways. Tourists planning to travel to Delhi
should not miss the chance to visit Jama Masjid. One can ply various local
buses from various points within the city - Interstate Bus Terminus at
Kashmere Gate and Interstate Bus Terminus at Sarai Kale Khan. One can also
hire auto-rickshaws and taxis for the purpose. The mosque is situated at a
walking distance from the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.