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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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  • This Masjid comes in the way to Pavagadh Fort and is very well maintained and preserved by the government officials  more »
  • Those who go on pilgrimage to Pavagadh and also like old beautiful ancient monuments and architecture, then this is not-to-miss place. It is a huge building, more than 500 years old. It has beautiful ...  more »
  • The Unesco site of Champaner is well worth the visit. Mosques are numerous, scattered in the Green and I was lucky enough to visit them in absolute absence of tourists. which offers you the opportunity to appreciate the details of the architectural structures, listen to birds and soak up the mystical atmosphere of the place. The site, in the custody of the archaeological heritage, is clean and well maintained what unfortunately not habitual to other no less beautiful monuments present in Gujarat. A recommended excursion. The ascent to the Fort allows you to contemplate the whole area from above.
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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.