Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
Summer: March-May (20°C - 45°C)
Winter: November-February (14°C - 32°C)
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One of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Mecca Masjid (also called Makkah Masjid) is one of the herit
Opening Time: 08:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 08:00 p.m. (closes from 12 noon to 03:00 p.m.)
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One of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Mecca Masjid (also called Makkah Masjid) is one of the heritage buildings from Old Hyderabad. This mosque contains bricks made from soil brought from the holy city of Mecca which accounts for its name. The fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, is said to have played a significant role in the construction of the mosque.
Built in 1694, Mecca Masjid has arched granite facades, a main praying hall and a courtyard. Inscriptions from the holy book of Quran are found engraved on the walls of the mosque. The tombs of Asaf Jahi rulers are found in the courtyard of the building. The spacious main hall of the mosque is large enough to hold 10,000 worshipers at a time.
The tall minarets that are found here are intricately carved and are beautiful to behold. Octagonal balconies and granite smokescreens are other excellent elements of its architecture. Among many legends surrounding this holy place, the most popular one is that a hair of Prophet Muhammad is preserved in one of the rooms. Another well-known belief is that whoever sits on the stone and slab benches of the mosque returns at least one more time to sit on them. Everyday, thousands of people flock to pray at this holy mosque.
Situated very close to the world-famous monument Charminar, this mosque is easily accessible by taxis, buses and auto rickshaws.
The nearest railway stations are Nampally (about 4 km.), Kachiguda (about 5 km.) and Secunderabad Junction (about 11 km.). Autos, cabs and cycle-rickshaws are available from each of these stations.
The nearest airport is Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad which is at the distance of about 19 km. away. Taxis and auto-rickshaws can be hired from the airport to reach the mosque.