General view of the east façade of the Mecca Mosque, Bijapur
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mecca masjid, Bijapur from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. This is a view looking across the courtyard towards the screen of the prayer hall and the dome of the Mecca Masjid (c.1669). Henry Cousens wrote: "One of the most perfect buildings, though very small, is the little Makka Masjid, shut in by very high walls in the south-eastern corner of the citadels...'' The high walls that enclose the mosque have carved details. The massive minarets of rough material are the remnants of a pre-existing mosque. The facade of the mosque is of five bays and it is crowned by a dome.