Kalan Masjid, Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi)

Kalan Masjid, Shahjahanabad
Kalan Masjid, Shahjahanabad

Tucked away inside one of the many ‘pockets’ of Purani Dilli (Old Delhi), the Kalan Masjid (1387) is one of the seven mosques built by Khan i Jahan Tilangani, Firoz Shah Tughlaq’s prime minister. Stylistically similar to it’s six contemporaries, it is one of the few medieval mosques of Delhi which are still in use. 

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The Khirki Masjid

The open courtyards give rise to an elegant play of light and shade as one walks through the bays.
The open courtyards give rise to an elegant play of light and shade as one walks through the bays.

Constructed around 1375 AD, during the reign of Firoz Shah Tughlaq, the Khirki Masjid is one of the very few covered medieval mosques of the country. It is said to be one of the seven mosques built by the Sultan’s prime minister, Khan-i-Jahan Tilangani. The mosque is square in plan, 15 bays wide each way and covered by a partially domed and partially flat roof. The roof is punctured by four symmetrically placed, open to sky courtyards. A series of windows pierce the exterior walls on three sides, at the end of each bay, probably giving the mosque it’s name. (Khirki=Window)

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