Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on Wednesday visited Sidi Saiyyed Ki Jaali, a 16th century mosque in the old city of Ahmedabad, soon after the latter`s arrival here on a two-day visit.
Modi received Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the mosque which is famous for its latticework windows, and took them on a tour of the complex.
PM Modi, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe & his wife Akie Abe at 'Sidi Saiyyid Ni Jaali’, the famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/Rx8Y14R9YD
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Here's we take a brief look at the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, that has one of the finest architecture of the world and a must-visit place.
- Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is arguably one of the most popular mosques in Gujarat's Ahmedabad.
- It was built in 1573, by in the retinue of Sultan Ahemad Shah Bilal Jhajar Khan, general in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate.
- It was built in the last year of the existence of Sultanate of Gujarat.
- The mosque is built with yellow sandstone in an Indo-Islamic architecture style and is famous for its beautifully carved and chiseled ten stone latticework windows, known as 'jalis'.
- The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs.
- The elaborate lattice work in the mosque is also the reason why the Indo-Islamic piece of art work is often referred to as the Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jali.
- During the British era, the mosque served the purpose of a government office.
- At present, it is under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).