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Mecca Masjid || Mecca Mosque

A hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch. The building of the Mecca Masjid was begun by Sultan Mohammed Quth Shah under the direction of Daroga Mir Faizullah Baig and Choudhary Rangaiah. Nearly 8000 masons and labourers worked on it. The construction work continued during the reigns of Abdullah Qutb Shah and Abul Hasan Tana Shah. Finally 77 years after it was begun, Mecca Masjid was completed in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Mecca Masjid has poetry in stone, with a hall measuring 67m & soaring to a height of 54m. Fifteen graceful arches - five to each of the three sides, support the roof. Towards the southern end of the mosque lie the graves in marble of Nizam Ali Khan & the families of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. This mosque is one of the largest in India and can accommodate ten thousand people at a time.