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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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  • The Jami Masjid is the crown jewel of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. This is a superb example of pre-Mughal architecture which is a fine blend of t...  more »
  • Despite being from Gujarat, I had not ventured out to see the rich heritage that Champaner presents. Beautiful structures with history of about 500-600 years. The whole town and the adjoining monument...  more »
  • Jama Masjid in Champaner is part of the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,Few kms far arond 1/2 Kms from the pavagadh bus stop,it's famous for photography.  more »
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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.