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Jama Masjid, Champaner
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Jama Masjid in Champaner, Gujarat state, western India, is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is among the 114 monuments there which are listed by the Baroda Heritage Trust. It is located about east of the city walls, near the east gate.HistoryThe mosque dates to 1513; construction was carried out over 25 years. It is one of the most notable monuments built by Sultan Mahmud Begada. The Mughal architecture is said to have drawn from the architecture of the Sultanates, which is a blend of Hindu religious connotations and workmanship with Muslim ethos; the large domes are indicative of such a mix. Of the two minarets, one was damaged by an intentional gun firing in 1812 by Patankar, a Scindia Governor considered a “tyrant.” Restoration works were carried out in the 1890s.Architecture and fittingsIt has a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, preserving the Islamic ethos, and is considered one of the finest mosques in Western India with its elegant interiors. The ornamentation of the surface areas of the mosque and tomb consists of symbols of motifs of the Sun, diamonds, pots and vines, and lotus insignia which were used in the earlier temples; the artists of the region who worked on these monuments had imbibed their craftsmanship from their forefathers and they were not sectarian in character as they worked on assignments given by Hindus, Muslims or Jains. This mosque had three oblong mural plaques, one at the top of the pulpit and the other two on the sides, with engravings of hymns from the Koran.
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  • Wow. Stunning piece of history and well preserved. Very impressive and a must see. Take your time to explore. Walk around and soak up what it would be like to live in this ancient part of the city. Th...  more »
  • The mosque is considered the textbook example of the synthesis of Hindu and Muslim architecture. And this is clearly seen during the inspection. In this most monumental building of the Archaeological ...  more »
  • This a part of the Champaner-Pavgadh Archaeological park. A great piece o architecture o the mogul era. As the name suggests it was a main mosque and henc quite a large structure. 
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  • Awesomely me architecture, must visit when you go to pavagadh, perfect location for photoshoot
  • Astounding structure that is intricate as it is beautiful and imposing. And it is also surprisingly well maintained! Best visited during winter (from November to February) or during the monsoons.
  • Very nice place with very good architecture, Love to see it.
  • It's Grand Jama Masjid but now made picnic place. People roaming wearing shoes SHAME.
  • Beautiful place with good architecture. Must visit, this world heritage sight.