Ancient mosques in Hyderabad are more than simply religious buildings; they have withstood the test of time to narrate tales of their magnificence. These tales have been passed down from generation to generation.
The following is a list of some of the most famous mosques in the city, all of them are known for their stunning architecture:
Mosque Hayat Bakshi
This roughly 350-year-old structure in Hayathnagar houses a mosque that is considered to be one of the most exquisite in the area and should definitely be visited by you. The Hayat Bakshi Mosque is sometimes referred to as the Hayat Bakshi Begum Mosque and the Hayathnagar Grand Mosque amongst other titles.
The construction of the Hayat Bakshi Begum Mosque began in the year 1672 when Abdullah Qutb Shah was serving as the seventh Sultan of Golconda.
Ma Saheba, also known as Queen Mother Hayat Bakshi, was the person who gave the order to construct this wonderful mosque. This well-known mosque was constructed using the traditional Qutib Shahi architectural style.
The stunning front of the mosque is comprised of two ornate minarets, two arched galleries, and five arches on the front side of the building. The careful work that was done on the dome and minarets of the mosque will leave you in amazement.
The Hayat Bakshi Begum Mosque is undeniably a dream come true for any and all photography and architecture aficionados. As a direct consequence of this, the Hayat Bakshi Mosque has grown to become one of the most well-known mosques in the area surrounding Hyderabad.
A guest house with 130 rooms, a Caravan Sarai (rest house), an ablution pond, and a well-known as Hathi Bawli may all be found on the expansive grounds of the mosque.
The outside of this mosque in Bagh-e-Aam, which is also known as the Public Gardens, has been whitewashed. Bagh-e-Aam, which can be found in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, is said to be one of the gardens with the longest history.
A little over a century ago, the mosque that is today known as the Shahi Masjid was built by Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, who was the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad.
The name “Shahi Masjid” comes from the Arabic phrase “royal mosque,” and it refers to the location where members of the royal family as well as their relatives would go to pray, particularly on Fridays, holidays, and other joyous occasions such as Eid.
The two Niyaz Khanas, which are also known as kitchens, were located on either side of this stunning mosque. These kitchens provided sustenance for those who were less fortunate as well as pilgrims.
In contrast to the other mosques that were built under the Nizams’ rule, the Shahi Masjid is not as majestic as the others. This mosque has enough space to accommodate about one hundred worshipers at one time. The Qutub Shahi architectural style can be seen throughout this mosque in the form of its arches, domes, and minarets.
Mir Mahmood Shah Masjid
The Mir Mahmood Ki Pahad mosque in Kishan Bagh is about four hundred years old and is widely regarded as one of the city’s most beautiful places of worship. This mosque is located near to the Dargah Hazrat Syed Shah Imaad Uddin Mohammed Mahmood Al Husaini and has a view of the Mir Alam Tank.
Masjid Mir Mahmood Shah, which is also known as the Jinn Masjid, is recognized as one of the most diminutive mosques in the country. The footprint of the mosque takes up significantly less than 10 square meters of ground.
Masjid Mir Mahmood Shah is distinguished by the presence of several architectural elements, including a pulpit, an arch, two minarets, and a Mehrab (a niche on the wall of the mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca).
This little mosque is a striking contrast to the vast majority of the enormous mosques that the Qutub Shahi dynasty constructed during its reign.