Close view of the arches in the façade of the Bara Gumbad Masjid, Delhi.
Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of Bara Gumbad Mosque, Delhi from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken in the 1880s and attributed to Henry Cole (the attribution is probably incorrect). The Lodi sultans were an Afghan dynasty who ruled over Delhi between 1451 and 1526 after the fall of the Sayyids. The Bara Gumbad tomb was believed to have been built in 1490 by a Lodi noble and taken over in 1494 by Sikander Lodi as an entrance to his mosque. Adjoining the tomb is the mosque, known as Bara Gumbad mosque. This Lodi period tomb is considered the first example of the mosque type developed under the dynasty. It is a simple, relatively small structure with five bays. The central three bays are roofed with domes while the end two have valuted roofs. The mosque also has semi-circular turrets resembling minars at the rear corners and sides.