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There are 34 stone mosques and each represent work of the art. To experience the evolution, artisanship, and characters of Ahmedabad's medieval architecture following mosques are selected commissioned by rulers, saints, nobleman, royal women and freed slaves.
Ahmedabad Shah Mosque (1414 A.D) Built by Sultan Ahmed Shah immediately after city's foundation for his private worship along with related royal members. Built on the site of Hindu temple and construction has influence of Islamic arcuate form defined by curved arches and domes is Indo-Islamic or Indo-Sarsanic construction style includes 152 pillars few display mythological figures.
Usmanpura Mosque and Roza (1460 A.D) One of the foremost sufi saint Sayyid Uthman setup his seminary on the western bank of Sabarmati river around which suburb Usmanpura developed. This tomb & mosque were erected just after the death of the sufi saint by Mahmud Begada. The structure pioneered a trend of placing minarets at the end of building as opposed to traditional position around the central arch. Since the saint is sleeping the tomb structure is relatively larger.
Muhafiz Khan (1485 A.D) was the well respected magistrate of Mehmud Begada's court constructed this private mosque with special feature of bulkier minarets. Seems this design withstand against earthquake in 1819 A.D Also this mosque introduced new frontal designs with three arched doors each crowned a tiny projected balcony. The tomb of the Muhafiz Khan lies on the north-west side of the mosque.
Rani Rupavati Mosque(1500 A.D) This mosque commemorates one of the Mehmud Begada's hindu queen, who has first married to his step brother Sultan Qutubuddin Ahmed. Rani Rupavati & her daughter's tomb is in the north-east of mosque.The mosque is the perfect harmony between Hindu and Islamic design. A distinctive feature in this structure are the projected windows glorifying facade. Carved stunning minarets presents finest example of clerestory, the technical term for high window in which portion of central construction is raised above adjacent rooftop and inserted with lattice screen to admit natural light and ventilation.
Rani Sipri Mosque and Roza (1514 A.D) Rani Sipri is the another Hindu queen of Mehmud Begada comissioned the mosque. Her feminine touch is visible throughout the exterior stone surface embellished with exquisite carving hence it is also known as Masjid-e-Nagina for its delicacy, elegance, and accord in design.