The magnificent Mecca Masjid, one of India’s oldest and biggest mosques, is situated in the heart of Hyderabad just a few metres away from the Charminar.
It is called the Mecca Masjid as its central arch is believed to have been built of bricks brought from the holy city of Mecca. The huge hall of the mosque has columns built on either side made of single pieces of granite. The mosque is also said to house a relic of Prophet Mohammad.
The 17 th century mosque took over 75 years to build. It was begun by Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the sixth Sultan of Hyderabad and completed by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
There are estimates that as many as 7,000 may gather for prayers at any given time on a Friday. The mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 at a prayer.
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In November 2004, there was a bomb hoax at the mosque. An anonymous caller said a bomb had been planted in the mosque. Searches revealed the call was a hoax. Though a Sunday that day, 3000 devotees had gathered for prayers.