Façade of Malik Alam's Mosque from the east, Ahmadabad
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of Malik Alam's Mosque, from the east, at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. James Burgess, writing in 1900, in the Archaeological Survey of Western India, VII, states "It will be seen that [the mosque] has five domes and the roof is supported by 72 pillars (counting those in the open sections of the façade on each side) together with 44 pilasters. The interior dimensions are 112 feet 7 inches by 31 feet 8 inches, and the end and back walls are 3 feet 3 inches thick, that in front being 5 feet 11 inches...the central dome is considerably the higher, but there is in the façade only one large pointed arch in the middle, on each side of the minarets. In the back wall were five marble mihrabs, two in each end, facing the open colonnades, and the central one facing the great arch...The minarets above the level of the façade had been shaken when the upper portions were thrown down, and together with a small canopy on four pillars that stood between the turrets, they were taken down by the Public Works Department about 1882. The stones lay on the ground in front of the mosque and on the roof for some six or eight years, after which portions of the minars were rebuilt, but not up to the height they had stood previously; and no attempt was made to rebuild the small kiosk or canopy."