Jami‛ Masjid complex, Fatehpur Sikri: Facade, with high recessed arch topped with chatris



The congregational mosque (Jami‛ Masjid), is the focus of the complex. It is one of the largest and most ornately finished mosques in India. Built on a high plinth, it has a vast central courtyard (133.73 x 109.68 m) with a prayer-hall on the west and arcades on the other three sides. The prayer-hall has three domes, one over the central bay and the others over square bays that form part of the wings. The façade is dominated by the central bay’s high recessed arch, which is set within a rectangular frame surmounted by a parapet and a line of domed pavilions or chatris. The mosque’s rich and varied decoration includes bold geometric patterns of white marble and black slate inlaid in a red sandstone background. The north arcade accommodates the graves of members of Shaykh Salim Chisti’s family.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Sacred complex, Fatehpur Sikri

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Mosques

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Mughal

Place of Creation
  • Fatehpur Sikri

  • Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh, India

  • +27.094619+77.662870

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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Architectural Lantern Slides of India (includes present-day Pakistan)


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