PM Modi, Shinzo Abe visit Sidi Saiyyed Mosque: All you need to know

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday began his visit to India in Gujarat's Gandhinagar. 

PM Modi, Shinzo Abe visit Sidi Saiyyed Mosque: All you need to know
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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.

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). 

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