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Sunehri Masjid

Location: Outside the southwestern corner of Delhi Gate of Red Fort, opposite the Netaji Subhash Park

Open: On all days

Admission: Free and open to all.

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in Old Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail. Just 100 meters from Delhi Gate of Red Fort

Timings: Sunrise to sunset

Video charges: nil

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

(Data are as of July 2005)

Located outside the southwestern corner of Delhi Gate of Red Fort, opposite the Netaji Subhash Park stands the magnificent Sunehri Masjid (not to confuse with Sunehri Masjid of Chandni Chowk). It is one of the fortunate buildings of Old Delhi that was not damaged during and after the first war of Indian Independence in 1857. Also known as Golden Mosque the mosque was built by Nawab Qudsiya Begum, the wife of Emperor Ahmad Shah in 1751. One of the eunuchs of Qudsiya begum, Jawed Khan supervised the construction of the mosque.

The main feature of the mosque is that it is surmounted by three domes, which were originally gilt with copper from which it derives its name. The mosque has a main prayer hall and two minarets. The central arch of the mosque bears an inscription, which informs the builder of the mosque and date of construction. The dome of the minarets too had copper gilt plates. In 1852, Bahadur Shah II repaired it and replaced the copper plates of the domes by sandstone facing.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, St James Church and Rajghat.

Nearby Places to Eat

Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), Daryaganj book market (on Sunday) and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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