Begumpet Mosque is situated at Begumpet Road, Patigadda, Hyderabad. The charming and captivating Begumpet Mosque is well known for its architecture and is considered to be quite similar to the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. The mosque at Spanish Mosque or the Paigah Mosque was once a part of the sprawling Paigah estates in Begumpet. This was initially constructed in the year 1906 and is supposed to be the only mosque of its kind in India. This is because of the different shapes of the central domes and minarets. The mosque displays a very unique and rare Moorish/Spanish influence.
Architecture of the Mosque
The architecture of the Begumpet mosque is quite unique. For the convenience of the people a gate was built on the side of the road for the common people to enter the premises of the mosque. The walls were also kept quite low for the people to get a glimpse of the mosque and see the beauty of the mosque from all sides.
Once you visit the mosque from inside one can feel the plush carpet under your feet. You can see the inscriptions in Turkish, which have been placed on a high wall. These are only one of it s kind in India. The dome above has been kept in a octagonal and the shape is repeated in the columns. The boundary walls of the courtyard have been made so that one cannot hear the external noises from outside.
Different names of the Mosque
The Spanish mosque is known by many names, some of which are the Jama Masjid Iqbal ud Dowla which was named after Sir Vikar-ul-Umra Iqbal ud Dowla. The mosque was also known as the Mosque of the Moors” and the ‘Begumpet Masjid’’
Trivia about Spanish Mosque
The Paigah family is ranked next to the ruling family of Nizams. Of them Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra is best known for building some of the most elaborate palaces, state homes and mosques of Hyderabad —The Falaknuma Palace, the Paigah Palace in Begumpet, the Spanish Mosque and the Asafia Library in Afzalgunj are all products of his many sojourns in Europe.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|