(Last Updated on : 15-09-2015)
Afsarwala Mosque sits on a raised platform about 91 metres to the southwest of the west gate of the Tomb of Humayun
in the capital of Delhi
. The date of construction of this mosque is not known, although archaeological evidence places it between 1560 and 1567.
Structure of Afsarwala Mosque
The building is of local quartzite with red sandstone dressing. It consists of a single, rather dilapidated, prayer-chamber divided into 3 bays, the central bay roofed by a dome carried on squinches. The inside of the central dome contains a painted circular panel. The central bay opens through a 4 centred arch and is larger and higher than the flanking bays, which are also entered through 4 centred arches. The design conforms essentially to the 'Triple Iwan' of Persia. The outer angles of the parapet are furnished with pinnacles, and the shouldered dome rises from a circular drum.
On the same platform as the Afsarwala Mosque is an unidentified tomb that is locally known as Afsarwala Tomb. Afsarwala Tomb is built with local grey quartzite with main lines of red sandstone and marble inlay.
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