Ranked 14 among Places to Visit in Srinagar
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Located in Nowhatta in the heart of the city of Srinagar, the Jamia Masjid is a famous mosque that is more than 600 years old. The quaint mosque is located in a historic area which has witnessed numerous historical events of great importance. In fact, it can be stated with confidence that the history of the Jamia Masjid is a reflection of the history of the political uprisings of Kashmir.
The mosque was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah Kashmiri Shahmiri in the year 1394, under the orders of Mir Mohammad Hamadani, who was the son of Said-ul-Auliya Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani. Sultan Sikandar's son, Zain-ul-Abidin, later on, extended the Jama Masjid by including turret in the primary structure. The architectural style of the Jamia Masjid is inspired by the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, and also bears similarities to Buddhist pagodas. The Jamia Masjid is also the largest mosque in Kashmir that is known for its peaceful atmosphere, and the mosque becomes especially crowded on Fridays when thousands of people come here to pray.
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