Photographer's Note

Having razed the Hindu Atala Devi temple at this location, Firoz Shah Tughluq ordered the laying of a foundation for the first Jaunpur mosque outside of the fort. The year was 1377 CE, and the location less than 300 metres to the north of the fort. The mosque was to be the forerunner of the "Jaunpur provincial style" of Indo-Islamic architecture. Construction was not completed until 1408 and only then under the rule of the intellectual Sultan Ibrahim Shah of the Sharqi dynasty.

This, the main entrance, faces to the east and in the centre of town - not much room for parking a vehicle. It rises up in front of you - hits you in the face so to speak, and is singularly beautiful. It was a Friday and early for prayers, but I received a very warm welcome, escorted inside to where I could sit and remove my shoes. I was provided an escort to be shown around - most unusual indeed, in my travelling experience - but the people of Jaunpur are not yet jaded by encounters with tourists.

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-03-11
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-04-30 3:39
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