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Jama Masjid


Popularly also known as the Jami Masjid, the Jama Masjid in Agra is perhaps the largest mosque in India. It was constructed in 1571 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Akbar and is one of the most sacred sites in Fatehpur Sikri. The fact the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri was built around the Jama Masjid, which speaks volumes about its importance.

The Jama Masjid has been built at a great height and has a large courtyard for prayers and is flanked by the Jammat Khana hall and the Zenana Rauza (the tomb of the women of the royal household) on both sides.

When you visit the Jama Masjid, you can also have a look at the shrine of the Sufi religious leader Sheikh Salim Chisti, which is an example of some very amazing workmanship. The whole of Jama Masjid is exquisitely decorated with inscriptions, inlaid geometric designs and colored tiles. Yet, the monument manages to preserve its austerity.

A grand gateway known as the Buland Darwaza leads you to the Jama Masjid. This gateway, which stands 40 meters high, was constructed to commemorate Akbar's victory in the Kandesh military campaign. There is another magnificent gate known as the Badshahi Darwaza, which also has a beauty and grandeur of its own. One of the most important tourist attractions in Agra, a visit to the Jama Masjid would really be a worthwhile experience.

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