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Ground plan of the Jami Masjid, Delhi

Ground plan of the Jami Masjid, Delhi

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1810

Shelfmark: Add.Or.3262

Item number: 3262

Length: 66.7

Width: 59.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Drawing of the ground plan of the Jami' Masjid in Delhi, c. 1810. Inscribed on the back in ink: 'Ground Plan of the Jumma Masjid at Delhi.' The Jami Masjid is the largest mosque in India with its courtyard measuring 300 ft. It stands on a natural outcrop of rock which dominates the city and took 5,000 workmen six years to build. It functions as a congregational, Friday (Jami) mosque. The mosque is on the western edge of the courtyard and steep flights of stairs lead to the three huge gateways on the other sides (one seen in this view). The fa├žade screen of the mosque is faced in red sandstone with extensive white marble trim. It contains eleven arches, the central one being an extremely large iwan. A tall minaret stands at each end of the screen. Three bulbous white domes cover the mosque, each decorated with thin vertical black stripes. A water tank at the center of the courtyard allows members of the congregation to wash before prayers.

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