It is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India. It is a listed heritage building situated in the old city of Hyderabad. Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah commissioned that the bricks should be made from the soil brought from Mecca which is the holiest place for the Islam. He used them in the construction of the central arch of the mosque thus the name of the mosque. The city was planned around the Mosque which acted as a centerpiece.
The mosque was built in a very significant time which showcases the might the rulers have at that time. A French explorer has said the following: “It is about 50 years since they began to build a splendid pagoda in the town which will be the grandest in all India when it is completed. The size of the stone is liable of special accomplishment, and that of a niche, which is the place for prayer and is an entire rock of such immense size that they spent five years in drilling it, and 500 to 600 men were engaged continually on its work. It needed still more time to roll it up on to transportation by which they brought it to the pagoda, and they took 1400 oxen to draw it."
Near Charminar, Ghansi Bazaar, Hyderabad, Telangana 500002
Type of Place
- Senior Citizen
- Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
- Hyderabad Deccan Railway Station.
- Timing: 4:00 AM To 9:30 PM
Entry Fee: Free
- The main hall of the mosque is vast beautiful as it can accommodate a total of 10000 persons.
The architecture and design of the mosque are beautiful and brilliantly made.
- The most important part is the tomb area where we can find the graves of Asaf Jahi rulers except the first and last Nizam who was buried in the Judi mosque opposite to the King Kothi Palace.
Things to Buy
- If you are in Hyderabad, then you must not miss the chance to buy Pearls, Hyderabadi bangles in the choodi bazaar, Perfumes made from sandalwood oil, Gongura pickle, Bakery products, Pochampally sarees, Bidri work (Metalcraft from Iran) and much more.
Things to Eat
- Mirchi ka salan, Hyderabadi biryani, Dum pukht, Hyderabadi marag,keema samosa, Paaya, soup, Maghaz masala, Boti kebab, Khatti dal, Goshtpashinde, Malai korma, Murgh do pyaza, Qabooli biryani, Burani raita, Lukhmi, Hyderabadi khichdi and much more.
Things to enjoy
- The Friday prayers is a thing to watch out.
It looks too much beauty in the month of Ramazan.