Fatehpuri Masjid Delhi

Masjid in Delhi - Monday, October 18, 2010 6:34:13 AM

Fatehpuri Mosque or Fatehpuri masjid as it is popularly called in Delhi is on the opposite end of Red Fort across the Chandni Chowk or Fatehpuri Masjid located at the western end of the oldest street of Delhi. Fatehpuri Masjid was built in 1650 by Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s wife, Fatehpuri Begum. Named after its creator, this red sandstone mosque is a beautiful specimen of the magnificence of Mughal architecture.

History: Flanked by towering minarets, the Fatehpuri mosque has a traditional design with the prayer hall having seven-arched openings. Among the seven arches, the central arch is the highest. The main mosque is built on a three-and-a-half feet high platform. Its main dome is colossal and is flanked by two towering minarets. The prayer hall has seven arched openings of which the central arch is the highest, with kangaroos and large domes on both sides of it. There are strips of white marble on the arches and domes. The main dome is built of lime mortar and bears black and white strips.

Fatehpuri Masjid has three gates: one is right in front of the Red Fort and the other two are in the north and the south. Khari Baoli is in the north end and Katra Baryan in the south. There are a few graves in Fatehpuri Masjid including those of Hazrat Nanoon Shah, Shah Jalal, Mufti Muhammad Mazhar and others.

Location: At the western end of the famous street of old Delhi, Chandni Chowk.

Time to visit: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this sacred monument, which is located at the terminal point of Chandni Chowk, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis.

Nearest Railway Station:
Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station:
Delhi Main

Nearest International Airport:
Indira Gandhi International Airport

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