Moti Masjid, Agra: Detail, back iwan-shaped gate and arcaded courtyard topped with chatris



One of the most impressive buildings within the fort is the Moti Masjid (“Pearl Mosque”), situated north of the Divan-i ‛Am. It is entered through a red sandstone gateway, but the interior is of pure white marble. The courtyard (48.16 x 48.16 m) has arcades on three sides and the prayer-hall on the west. The prayer-hall is three aisles deep and seven bays wide, with seven cusped arches forming the façade. The superstructure consists of three bulbous domes; there are octagonal chatris at the corners of the prayer-hall and seven square chatris above the parapet (one over each arch), creating a varied and pleasing composition. A Persian inscription inlaid in black marble running along the eastern arcade praises Shah Jahan and the building, comparing it to the heavenly tabernacle.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Pearl Mosque

  • Agra Fort complex

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Mosques

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Mughal

Place of Creation
  • +27.180367+78.021555

  • Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

  • Agra

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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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