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General view of Shah Alam's Mosque, Ahmadabad 1762

General view of Shah Alam's Mosque, Ahmadabad 1762

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/17(1762)

Item number: 1762

Length: 23.6

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Shah Alam's Mosque at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken by an Army sergeant in c. 1881, by order of Major Cole, from the Archaeological Survey of India. This view, from the upper storey of the Hall of Audience, looks south-west across the courtyard towards the main buildings of the mosque. The ablution tank is in the right foreground. The mosque, built by Muhammad Salih Badakhshi, is situated in a complex of buildings two miles outside the city, which includes Shah Alam's tomb (1485) and the Jamaat Khana or Assembly Hall. The minarets comprising seven storeys, added later, were damaged in the 1819 earthquake and repaired in 1863. Shah Alam was the son of the Muslim saint Qutb-ul Alam (d.1452) who is buried at Batura, six miles to the south of the city.

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