Mecca Mosque, Hyderabad, India

Mecca Mosque is one of the biggest mosques in Hyderabad, India. The building of this mosque started in 1614 by Mohammad Quli Qutb. This mosque can accommodate 10,000 people at one time and is considered to be the state of the art work according to the time when its construction started. The location of the mosque in Hyderabad Deccan is near Charminar. Somehow, unfortunately, the mosque could not be completed until 1687. The credit of completing the mosque goes to Aurangzeb Alamgir, one of the Mughal Emperors of the then State of Hyderabad. The mosque is named Mecca mosque because many precious stones used in the construction of the mosque were brought from Mecca.

The length of the mosque is 61 meters while its breadth is 54 meters and the height of the mosque 23 meters. The stone used in its construction is granite. Almost 8000 workers participated in its construction. The main prayer hall of the mosque measures 75 feet in height, whereas its length and breadth are 180 and 220 feet respectively. The roof of the hall stands with the help of 15 curves, 5 arches supporting the roof on all the three corners while the one side has a complete wall. In the courtyard of the mosque there are marble built grave of the rulers Asaf Jah.  On both sides of the grave are two halls containing 4 minarets each..

The mosque is a heritage of the Andhra Pradesh government, but due to poor maintenance and lack of attention, the structure of the mosque is in quite dilapidated condition.

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