Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad
One of the oldest and largest mosques in India, the ‘Mecca Masjid’ or the ‘Makkah Masjid’ built during the reign of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah is located in the city of Hyderabad, State of Andhra Pradesh.
This 17th century mosque is situated near the historical landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace and Laad Bazaar. A huge structure, Mecca Masjid has a 75 foot high main hall that is 220 m wide and 180 m long. The hall can accommodate around 10,000 worshippers at a time.
On the walls of the Mecca Masjid one can find inscriptions from the ‘Holy Quran.’ Devotees arriving here also feed pigeons in front of this mosque, which they believe as a sacred act.