North part of the façade of the Jami Masjid, Ahmadabad 1799
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Jami Masjid at Ahmadabad in Gujarat, taken in c. 1881, for the Archaeological Survey of India. The Jami Masjid at Ahmadabad was built by Sultan Ahmad Shah (r.1411-42) and completed in 1424. The courtyard of this imposing structure is entered from the north side. The prayer hall is supported by 260 columns that divide the interior into 15 bays, each covered in a dome. The central domed area is raised to three storeys, the side aisles have two storeys, and the wings are one storey high with open fronts. This view shows the northern part of the three sections of the facade: the main entrance in the central section, once flanked by two minarets; on either side is a lower section with arched entrances, and beyond these are the wings with open fronts. These tall 'shaking minarets' collapsed during an earthquake in 1819; the remains were finally demolished by an earth tremor in 1957.