Safa Masjid is a mosque in Ponda, Goa built in 1560 by the Sultan Ali Adilshah I of the Bijapur Kingdom. At that point of time, this part of Goa had still not been taken over by the Portuguese and was still being ruled by the Adilshahi dynasty.
Architecturally, the Safa Masjid is a fusion of Indo-Islamic style. Devoid of any grandeur, the mosque is a picture of serenity.The terracota tiled roof reflects use of locally available construction material.
The most interesting part of the Safa Masjid complex is the huge tank with typically Islamic Mehrab style archs. The tank has a flight of steps done up in the typically Hindu bathing ‘ghats' style.This green rectangular tank holds mirror to the small mosque which stands elegantly facing it.
The complex is well maintained and is a must visit if you are interested in local history of Goa.
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