Jamia Masjid is one of the oldest and biggest mosques situated in Nowhatta region of the old city of Srinagar. The mosque was built by the Mughal emperor Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD and is a beautiful example of the Indo-Saracenic architecture. The area of the mosque spreads up to an area of 384 feet by 381 feet which was further extended by Zain-ul-Abidin, the son of Sultan Sikandar. The huge complex of the mosque is spacious enough to accomodate around thirty thousand people, at a time. The majestic courtyard has some 370 wooden pillars and exemplifies the marvellous architecture prevalent during the time. There is a perfectly square garden in the middle of the courtyard and the mosque is surrounded by wide lanes on all the four sides.
The mosque has witnessed and survived numerous tests of time. The place has immense religious importance associated with it and thousands of Muslims assemble every Friday to offer their prayers. The masjid is famous as one of the sacred mosques in India. The peace, calmness and serenity of the atmosphere add to the uniqueness of the mosque. A visit to this mosque is an opportunity of experiencing closeness to the almighty.