Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
About Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
The few bricks from Mecca that are embedded in the walls of this impressive
mosque, gives it its name. Southwest of Charminar lies Mecca Masjid, the most
impressive mosque in South India. It was started in 1614 A.D. by the sixth Qutb
Shahi King Abdullah Qutb Shah and completed in 1687 A.D. by Aurangzeb, when he
annexed Golconda. Its lofty colonnades and entrance arches are made of single
slabs of granite brought from a stone quarry, 11 k.m north of Charminar, Legend
says, 1400 bullocks were required to pull these. Mecca Masjid is poetry in
stone, with a hall measuring 67 m and soaring to a height of 54m. 15 graceful
arches support the roof. It can accommodate 10,000 worshippers at a time. The
southern end of the mosque has the tombs of all Nizams, from the time of Nizam
Ali Khan (who died in 1803 A.D.) and his successors, except that of Mir Osman
Ali Khan Nizam VII.
How to reach Mecca Masjid?
- Bus Route No.8A Secunderabd - Charminar (Covering Areas-Patny, Paradise,
Ranigunj, DBR Mills, Tank Bund, Secretariat, Birla Mandir, Assembly Hall,
Nampally, Gandhi Bhavan, MJ Market, Begumbazar, Afjalgunj, Madina, Charminar)
- Other Route Nos available: 8, 8C, 8D, 2, 2C, 2U.