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Exterior view of the west side of the Jami Masjid, Jaunpur.

Exterior view of the west side of the Jami Masjid, Jaunpur.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1870

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(704)

Item number: 1003704

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jami Masjid in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, from the Archaeological Survey of India, taken by Joseph Beglar in the 1870s. This mosque was founded by Sultan Mahmud (r.1440-1457) but was enlarged and completed by Sultan Husain Sharqi (r.1458-79) in 1478. It is the largest of the Jaunpur mosques with many features in common with the Atala Mosque of 1408 in the same city, such as the large pylon in the centre of the sanctuary facade with sloping sides. The building is raised on a high platform reached by three entrance gateways with steep flights of stairs. This is a view of the exterior of the west side of the mosque, taken from the south-west corner of the mosque looking obliquely along the exterior wall. An almost identical view appears in A. F├╝hrer and E.W. Smith, The Sharqi architecture of Jaunpur (Calcutta, 1889), pl. xlv.

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