Located in the well-known Sheikh Menon Street, near the Crawford Market, Jama Masjid is the largest and oldest mosque in Mumbai. A popular place to visit in the city, Jama Masjid takes great pride in complex and stunningly beautiful sculptures, striking artworks, and stone works of ‘sangemarmar’, and they do have a great history associated with them. The peace and harmony inside the masjid will overpower your abilities.
Originated from Dongri, the mosque was demolished by Governor William Hornby in 1770. It is a quadrangular building of stone and brick, which is surrounded by a ring of terraced not only roofed, but double storied buildings. The edifice of the existing Jama Masjid commenced in 1775 and it was completed in 1802.
How to Reach Jama Masjid
The mosque is accessible by all means of transport. If you are looking to visit Jama Masjid by a local train, then the closest train stations are Marine Lines (to the East) and Masjid Bunder (to the West). For those looking to travel by bus, get aboard the ones that will take a halt at Mahatma Phule Market.
Jama Masjid is the main mosque for the sunnis and was not only constructed, but also overseen by Konkani Muslims. You can find an extensive library with scarce manuscripts, which is attached to the mosque since 1890s. The library was completely overhauled and then moved to the first floor of the Jama Masjid and inaugurated in April 2015.
The main gate of the mosque takes every visitor to an open courtyard of the old tank, which can easily hold around 10 feet of water.