View of Mishkāl Mosque from one of its entrances
|Location||Kuttichira, Calicut, present-day India|
|Branch/tradition||Islam (Sunni - Šāfiʿī)|
|Architectural style||Regional (Kerala)|
|Date established||14th century (present structure)|
Mishkal Mosque (Malayalam: മിശ്കാൽ പള്ളി) is a medieval mosque located in Calicut in the Indian state of Kerala. The mosque, one of the oldest in Malabar, is an important cultural, historical and architectural monument in Kerala.
Mishkal Mosque is located in Kuttichira, a part of Thekkepuram beach in Calicut.
In 1510, the mosque was partially burned in a Portuguese attack. The top floors of the mosque still display some of that damage. Mishkal Mosque originally had five stories. It was reconstructed after the fire in 1510 and now has four stories. Typical for similarly aged mosques in Malabar, it has no cupolas and minarets and heavily employs timber.
This entirely wooden mosque is simply breathtaking to see especially from the other side of the tank. The big Kuttichira tank is attached to the mosque. The mosque has 47 doors, 24 carved pillars and a big prayer hall that can accommodate 400 people. Cupolas and minarets seems to be absent because the mosque is built like a temple. The prayer hall is well ventilated and there is a wooden mimbar with beautiful motifs.
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