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Begumpur Masjid

Despite seeing the mosque from the Bijay Mandal the scale of the space inside still comes as quite a surprise.  It is thought to have been built during the reign of Mohammad Shah due to its style and close proximity of the Bijay Mandal.  However some think it may have been built 50 to 60 years later towards the end of the 14th century.  It was probably use as a place of worship until the 17th century when Shajahanabad was built and many of the population moved north.  In 1920 the Archaeological Society of India evicted a village from the courtyard that had settled within the safety of the walled enclosure.


The view across the courtyard from the main entry.












There were 64 domes around the walls of the mosque and above the cloisters.  The domes originally were coved in polished white plasterwork that would have gleamed in the sunlight.  Now the are dark and blackened by general pollution and age.  We walked up along the roof.



From the roof it was possible to see the Qutb Minar in the distance


And also the proximity of the Bijay Mandal



The section of roof above was destroyed by an earthquake but has revealed the construction of the domes and the thickness of the plaster layers.




A view along the cloisters (riwaq)


















Two of a handful of Turquoise tiles that remain on the walls of the mosque that would once have decorated every opening.
















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