Ahmed Shah's Mosque

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Ahmad Shah's Mosque
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Ahmad Shah's Mosque
Religion
AffiliationIslam
StatusActive
Location
LocationAhmedabad
MunicipalityAhmedabad Municipal Corporation
StateGujarat
Ahmed Shah's Mosque is located in Gujarat
Ahmed Shah's Mosque
Location in Gujarat, India
Geographic coordinates23°01′21″N 72°34′45″E / 23.0226366°N 72.5791077°E / 23.0226366; 72.5791077Coordinates: 23°01′21″N 72°34′45″E / 23.0226366°N 72.5791077°E / 23.0226366; 72.5791077
Architecture
TypeMosque
StyleIslamic
FounderAhmad Shah I
Completed1414

Ahmad Shah's Mosque, also known as Shahi Jam-e-Masjid or Juni Juma Masjid is the oldest mosque of Ahmedabad, India.

History and architecture[edit]

Ahmad Shah's Mosque in 1860s

The mosque was erected by the founder of Ahmedabad, Ahmad Shah I in 1414. It said to have been used as the royal household's private mosque. According to the inscription at the upper part of the central mihrab, the foundation date seems to be the 4th day of Shawwal month in 817AH, which is 17 December 1414. The pavement is of white marble, the canopy covered pulpit has a yellow marble balustrade carved in a leafy pattern, and white marble steps. In the courtyard is a mound called Ganj Shahid or the martyrs' mound, the tomb of warriors who perished in Sultan Ahmed's early fights.[1][2]

The mosque covers area of 700 square metres and have two rows of ten large domes surrounded by several smaller domes. The mosque is supported by 152 pillars and have four arched gateways. There are eight perforated stone windows and 25 fine carved pillars.[2]

The mosque was restored in 2011 by Archaeological Survey of India at cost of Rs. 2.2 million.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gazetteer of the Bombay Presidency: Ahmedabad. Government Central Press. 1879. p. 276. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c "Ahmed Shah mosque to get Rs22 lakh facelift". DNA. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2014.