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Shah Alam, portion of mosque showing one minaret of two, Ahmedabad.

Shah Alam, portion of mosque showing one minaret of two, Ahmedabad.

Photographer: Lickfold, Charles

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 50/2(42)

Item number: 50242

Genre: Photograph

This print was taken by Charles Lickfold in the 1880s of part of the mosque facade and end minaret of a mosque in the suburbs of Ahmadabad. The mosque is one building out of several that comprise the 'dargah' or shrine complex of the Muslim saint Shaikh Shah Alam. The saint was spiritual advisor to Sultan Mahmud Shah Begarha (r. 1458-1511) and his shrine is still an important centre for pilgrimage today. The tombs and assembly hall date to the late fifteenth century, but this mosque was built during the later sixteenth century. It has an open-fronted sanctuary facade with high, staged minarets at either end. The mosque is roofed with three large domes and sixteen smaller ones around the edge.

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