When you travel from one place to another, it can be for work or leisure. You make sure to get your work done and try and explore the city’s sights, scenes, and cuisines.
During the holidays, many flights fly from Dubai to Hyderabad. After all, many Hyderabadis call the UAE their home. When they reach Hyderabad, they explore the city’s architectural wonders, food, and warm people.
However, there’s another aspect of the city that’s worth exploring. It’s the mosques.
These places of worship have been a part of Hyderabad’s culture and skyline for a long time. Drawing their influences from the Mughals, Nizams, and even the world, they are the best places to take a break, thank the all-mighty for blessings, and rejuvenate. Here are some of the city’s best mosques to visit.
One of Hyderabad’s oldest mosques, it is also one of the grandest. Built by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in 1597, the Jama Masjid is one of the most famous sights of this city.
Flocked by devout Muslims as well as tourists, the Jama Masjid is the ideal blend of architecture and grace. It’s earlier avatars include a school as well as a monastery. A unique aspect about the mosque is the presence of an ancient Turkish bath. Old and yet bold, the Jama Masjid remains one of the principal places of worship in Hyderabad.
A listed heritage building, the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad is one of India’s largest masjids. It was Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, who had bricks made from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest place in Islam for the construction of the mosque’s central arch thus giving the mosque its name.
The mosque attracts many tourists for its stunning hall which is said to accommodate 10,000 people. The other attraction is a room in the courtyard which stores holy relics and one of the relics is the hair of Prophet Muhammad.
A popular attraction, the Begumpet Mosque also goes by other names such as Spanish Mosque, Masjid Iqbal Ud Daula, and Mosque of the Moors.
It is famous for its Moorish-style architecture which is said to be one-of-kind in India. One of the most distinctive features of this mosque is the presence of spires instead of minarets or domes which are characteristic of mosques.
Located inside public gardens which were built in 1846 during the Nizam rule, the Shahi Masjid is a soothing place to visit. It’s said that the last Nizam and his family used to visit the mosque to offer prayers and hence the name. (Shahi = Royal)
The mosque has a graceful appearance and showcases the best of Nizam’s dynasty. From the domes and minarets to the columns and arches; the mosque is simply gorgeous. The mosque can accommodate 102 people at a time. The best time to visit the Shahi Masjid is during Friday prayers.
There is no better way to rejuvenate yourself than to pay a visit to these magnificent mosques in Hyderabad.