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. 

The facade of the projecting entrance distinctly adheres to the Tughlaq style, with it’s characteristic sloping towers and high plinth. There is a striking resemblance of this facade with that of the Khirki Masjid in Jahanpanah. The mosque, though hard to find, can be easily reached by foot from Turkman Gate.

Typical Tughlaq double columns adorn the bay of the 'liwan'
Typical Tughlaq double columns adorn the bay of the ‘liwan’
View of the 'sahn' or courtyard from the entrance.
View of the ‘sahn’ or courtyard from the entrance.
View across the bay of the 'liwan'.
View across the bay of the ‘liwan’.
The beautiful colonnade of the 'liwan' running around the 'sahn', or courtyard.
The beautiful colonnade of the ‘liwan’ running around the ‘sahn’, or courtyard.

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