Agra was once the capital of the Mughals, until it was shifted from there by Shah Jahan. It is a place where people come from all over the world to see the magnificent Taj Mahal and other pieces of architecture like the Agra Fort, and also a number of gardens. Visiting Agra was my wish and now that I am here, I am busy visiting many of the historical places in the city. Jami Masjid, Agra is another place worth visiting here. I visited the place on the first day, when I went to visit Agra Fort.
Jami Masjid is situated opposite to the Agra Fort and is open to the public on all days of the week. During the summer time the visiting hours are from 7 am to 6 pm, and during the winter months
it is from 8.30 am to 5 pm. Jami Masjid was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 and dedicated to his beloved daughter, Jahanara Begum. It is also known as the Friday Mosque and is visited by a
large number of tourists. When I reached the place at 10 am, I could see a large number of tourists waiting to get into the masjid. There are steps leading to the mosque and five entrances
opening to the court yard. It is said that there was a spacious and octagonal Tripolia Chowk between the Jama Masjid and the Delhi Gate. This was later demolished to construct the Agra Fort
It is said that it took about six years to complete the structure of Jami Masjid, with 5000 workers. It has five arched entrances leading to the courtyard. On the right side is the Jammat Khana Hall, next to which is the tomb of royal ladies, Zenana Rauza. It is also here that the tomb of the pious Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti is found. The entrance on the eastern side is the main entrance to the mosque and inside, it is beautifully decorated and designed. There are also inscriptions praising Shah Jahan and his daughter Jahanara. The mosque is large enough to hold 10,000 people at a time.