The Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad is one of the largest mosques in the world, noted for its capacity of over 10,000 worshippers. The construction of the mosque began in the year 1614 when Quli Qutub Shah ruled the state. But it was in 1687 when Aurangzeb annexed the Golconda kingdom and finished the construction of the Mecca Masjid which became one of the most popular and beautiful mosques of the world. This Masjid is also said to contain some sacred relics, one of which is the hair of Muhammed. The Mecca Masjid is listed as a heritage building in Hyderabad.
The Mecca Masjid is an architectural marvel and a majestic and imposing structure. The hall is massive measuring about 67 meters by 54 meters with a height of about 23 meters. There are 15 beautiful arches supporting the roof. The grand structure , with its granite finishing and huge courtyard wears a Mughul look more than that of Qutub Shah dynasty. The Mihrab is said to contain a brick that had been brought from Mecca.
The octagonal columns on either side are built from single piece of granite with an arched gallery above it. The large pond in the courtyard has slab seats on the sides. According to the legend, a visitor who sits on one of these seats will definitely come back again.
History of Mecca Masjid
Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah started the construction of the Mecca Masjid in 1617. It was built under the supervision of Mir Faizullah Baig and Rangiah Choudhary. Till the reign of Abdullah Qutub Shah and Tana Shah, the construction continued till 1694, it was finally completed by the Mughul emperor Aurangzeb. History says that during the time when the foundation stone for the Mecca Masjid was laid down, the elder religious leaders were invited and it was stated that only the one who had never missed his prayers will have the privilege to lay the stone. And finally it was the Sultan himself who did the honor.