Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid

Positioned on the south-west of the eminent Charminar on the Shalibanda road is the ancient Mecca Masjid. Though the Masjid remained under the rule of several rulers, it has still managed to stand intact and has been affirmed as the largest mosque in the country and one of its kinds in the state.

The establishment of Masjid was initiated by the fifth Qutb Shahi monarch, Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah in the year 1614, but it was finally completed in 1693 under the reign of Aurangzeb. The mosque is said to have been built using granite with dimensions of about 225 feet long and 180 feet broad.

On each side of the mosque you can see two huge octagonal shaped columns and a later addition, an arched gallery mounted on its top, which gives the look of a crown to the dome. A major attraction of this shrine is that it can accommodate around 10,000 people at a time.

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