Spanish Mosque: A Day in the Mirror Wonder
The first place that we decided to visit on our trip to Hyderabad was the beautiful Spanish mosque of the city. Spanish mosque is said to be inspired by the Cathedral mosque of Cordoba in Spain when the erstwhile Nawab of Hyderabad had visited the country in early 1900s.
Since then he wanted to have a similar kind of structure in his state too. The mosque is great example of Hispanic architecture in India and Hyderabad and today located in the Begumbet area of the city it is an important landmark of Hyderabad.
This is a mosque that distinguishes from others. There are several beautiful mosques in our country like the Jama masjid, etc but Spanish mosque of Hyderabad stand out in the list. We were all awestruck by its magnificence. The most notable feature about this mosque is the Moorish arches which are inside the prayer halls. It inside the hall that verses from Quran is written in exquisite calligraphy. The mosque has 2 main prayer halls, two rooms in front of it, and a central corridor which serves as the entrance to the mosque.
The environment within the mosque was very peaceful and the feeling of an inner calm could be felt. It felt divine just to watch people inside the mosque praying to the almighty. The domes of the Spanish mosques, its minarets and the small turrets are all built with beautiful work and craftsmanship of brick and stone masonry and the exterior face is done magnificently with lime mortar. The central dome of the Spanish mosque has a perforated screen through which light enters the mosque. The mosque is also known as the Mosque of mirrors in the city.
The feeling to be at the mosque was great and we all felt great that places of worship for all religions are so beautifully constructed and co existing in our country. This is the very fabric of the idea of India for which our freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for.
The next place that we decided to visit on our trip to Hyderabad was the beautiful NTR Gardens.