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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.

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