The Mecca Masjid, also known as Makkah Masjid, is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India, located in Hyderabad, near the historic landmarks of Charminar and Chowmahalla Palace.
The construction of the mosque began in 1614 during the reign of Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah, the sixth Sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, and was completed in 1694 by Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor. It's called "Mecca Masjid" because the bricks used in the construction of the central arch of the mosque were made from soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site of Islam.
The mosque is a magnificent example of Islamic architecture, combining elements of both Persian and Indian styles. It's noted for its grandeur and intricate design details. The mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers at a time, which makes it one of the largest in India.
The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, big enough to accommodate thousands of worshippers during prayer. The mosque also houses the tombs of the Asaf Jahi rulers in a marble courtyard.
The Mecca Masjid is not just a place of worship, but also a historical monument that has stood the test of time. It attracts visitors from all around the world who are interested in the history, architecture, and culture of Hyderabad.