After 250 years, Historic Jamia Masjid gets a facelift

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The minarets of historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar are being renovated after 250 years by Anjuman-e-Auqaf of the Masjid under the supervision of the experts.

A spokesperson of Anjuman-e-Auqaf (AeA) Jamia Masjid Srinagar said Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq chaired a meeting of the members of AeA to take the stock of ongoing repair and restoration work at Jamia Masjid under the supervision of experts.

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He said restoration work is in progress on the heritage minarets of Jamia Masjid after almost 250 years. “Despite limited resources with the Anjuman this work has been undertaken by them with the help of experts to preserve the minarets and restore them to their original beauty. While repairing these minarets extreme care is being taken to maintain their originality,” he added.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a tweet today: “Alhamdulillah, Restoration work in progress on the heritage minarets of the historic #JamaMasjid after a gap of around 250 years. Under the supervision of experts work undertaken by Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid.”

Situated at Nowhatta in the middle of the Old City, it was built by Sultan Sikandar Shah Shahmiri in 1394 CE, under the order of Mir Mohmmad Hamadani, son of Mir Syed Ali Hamadani.

The Masjid presents a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture, which is a blend of Indian and Mughal styles. The impressive structure has 370 wooden pillars that speak of architectural excellence. It is a major tourist attractions in the old city.