Photographer's Note

Just 500 meters west of Red Fort lies the largest mosque of India, Jama Masjid. Originally called Masjid-i-Jahanuma or 'The Mosque commanding a view of the World', the Masjid is the last architectural work of Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid is also known as Friday Mosque as 'Jama' means Friday, which is the holy day of the Muslims. The construction of the mosque began in 1650 and was completed after six years, in 1656. The mosque stands on a rock or a high platform and has three imposing double-storeyed gateways on the north, south and east to reach the courtyard.

Built of red sandstone, the main features of the mosque are its four-storeyed tapering minarets, which are 130 feet high and the full bulbous domes shaped like a drum at their base. The decoration of the three domes is unique in itself, as it has been done with the alternative pattern of marbles in black and white.

This is a stitch of two pictures, taken from atop the Southern Minaret of the Jama Masjid. Climbing the half lit interiors of the minaret & the spiral stone steps, 130 of them, each almost a feet high, was not a very easy task. What you also see in the frame is the Northern gate of the mosque, a part of the cloisters & Old Delhi rooftops beyond the walls. Photograph taken at at around 6 in the evening.

Workshop 1 : The Southern Minaret (on the left) from top of which I took this shot.
Workshop 2 : Inside the 'pinnacle' of the Southern Minaret. The grills make it difficult to compose photographs.

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