Timings : 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Time Required : 30 mins - 1 hour
Entry Fee : No Entry Fee
Jama Masjid is the oldest historical monument located in the Upper Fort area of Aligarh, the highest point in the city. Described as Asia's highest gold mosque, its dome and minarets are made of pure gold, unlike any other mosque in Asia. It is also the first mosque in India housing tombs of the martyrs, also known as Ganj-e-Shaheedan (Martyrs' colony).
The founder of Aligarh Muslim University, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, started building the Jama Masjid within the foreground of the university in 1879. The masjid was commemorated in January 1915. Since then, it had begun the Muslim ritual of reading Namaz at 5:00 AM. The in-built capacity of the mosque is 5000 people. It attracts many tourists and locals for its Islamic architecture with three domes flanked with minarets on either of their sides.
Most of the Muslims attend the first namaz held at Jama Masjid every day at 5:00 AM. During the daytime, the multi-coloured glasses on doors interplay with sunlight from outside and leave a magnificent view for its visitors. At night, the exterior of the masjid flaunts with lights planted on it. There are inscribed psalms from the Quran on marbles written in calligraphy and gold floral patterns decorating the walls. The nearby attractions to the masjid include Maulana Azad Library and Aligarh Fort.
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