Mughal Architecture: Jama Masjid

Main Entrance to the Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid, Delhi, India (The Friday Mosque) one of the largest places of Islamic worship in the Indian subcontinent built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 on top of a hill to symbolically convey the exalted status of Islam over the landscape of his capital city Shahjahanabad (now part of the old walled city of Delhi, India)


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Richards, John. The Mughal Empire. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993.

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