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Ghaziuddin Madrasa

Location:Near Ajmeri Gate in Old Delhi

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 or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis from Old Delhi

Preferred Timings:Sunrise to sunset

Photography charges: nil

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Functional Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

(All data as of July 2005)

Located near Ajmeri Gate in Old Delhi, Ghaziuddin's madarsa and tomb was built Mir Shahbuddin, a highly respected and influential courtier and minister during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The title of 'Ghazi-ud-Din Khan' was conferred on him and his son Mir Qamar-ud-Din was the founder of the dynasty of Nizam of Hyderabad. The madarsa was built in 1692. English classes were introduced in 1824 and it came to be known as Anglo-Arabic School and later Anglo-Arabic College. The building has a large enclosure of arcaded apartments where the madarsa used to function. The entrance to this madarsa, which is one of the fine examples of madarsa architecture in Delhi, is through the eastern gate.

There is a mosque just west of the madarsa, which is surmounted by three domes and flanked by minarets. The prayer hall of the mosque has arched openings. Further on both sides of the mosque towards its north and south lie the two enclosures, which contains some graves. The enclosures have perforated stone screens. Among the three graves in the southern enclosure is one of the graves of Ghaziuddin Khan. Red sandstone has been used in each structure here, which gives a unifying look to the building.

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Ajmeri Gate, Kashmeri Gate, Dara Shikoh Library, St James Church, Lothian Cemetery, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Red Fort, 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: 2011/07/01