Fatehpuri Masjid in the western end of Chandni Chowk
in Old Delhi
illustrates a unique architectural style. It was built by Begum Fatehpuri, wife of the Mughul Emperor Shah Jahan
in the year 1650. This mosque stands facing the historical seat of the
power, the Red Fort
, and has been the mute witness to the unfolding drama of history from the period of the Mughuls and British till today.
The Fatehpuri Masjid stands on a platform and has rows of pillars of red stone on both sides. There are two towering minarets on either sides of the mosque besides a large dome and three gates and has a big courtyard laid with red stones. To the south in the main mosque there are double verandas with large rooms to the left and right. It also has a large marble tank.