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Jama Masjid (Delhi, India)
The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā - or Jama Masjid - is the grand mosque of Old Delhi and was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Construction took 5000 workers six years to complete. Shah Jahan also built the Red Fort which stands near to the mosque. Jama Masjid mosques are also often referred to as ‘Friday Mosques’ since they are the congregational mosques used for the most important prayers of the Muslim week which take place on Fridays. The mosque has a very large courtyard at its centre which can hold up to 25000 worshippers. There is a central water tank for ritual ablutions and the mosque faces towards the west. It can be approached up flights of steps on three sides. The mosque has three marble domes and two minarets. Visitors are welcome to visit the mosque except during prayer time and after 5pm so long as they are modestly dressed. This means no vests or shorts, covered heads for ladies and shoes must be removed. Sarongs can be borrowed to cover up any non-compliances. The floor of the courtyard can become exceptionally hot during the summer months so socks may be advisable to avoid burning feet. Entrance is free but there is a camera fee.
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