View of the Jami Masjid, Bharuch, from the north-west
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the street behind the rear façade of the Jami Masjid at Bharuch in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India. Bhuruch, or Broach, is one of the oldest ports in western India; it was an important trading centre from the 1st century. James Burgess wrote in the Archaeological Survey of India, Vol VI, "The roof [of the mosque] is supported by forty-eight pillars, in two rows of twelve each in front and one at the back, with two broken rows of six each supporting the sides of three domes - the central one about 30 feet in diameter and the side ones about 23 feet each. there are also seven small domes, of about 8 feet diameter each, over the alternate spaces in the front aisle, and the same in the back one...Plate VI. (this image) gives the back, or street view of the masjid, showing that the floor of it is considerably above the street level, and that it has cellars beneath. The backs of the mihrabs and the windows break the wall at the mosque level."