Qila-i Kuhna Mosque (Mosque of the Old Qila) is situated inside the Purana Qila of Delhi

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque (Mosque of the Old Qila) is situated inside the Purana Qila of Delhi

This mosque was built by Sher Shah Suri after defeating Humayun of Mughal dynasty

This mosque was built by Sher Shah Suri after defeating Humayun of Mughal dynasty

Earlier, Humayun's father had defeated Ibrahim Lodi to establish his power in India

Earlier, Humayun's father had defeated Ibrahim Lodi to establish his power in India

Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in the Battle of Chausa in 1539

Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in the Battle of Chausa in 1539

After defeating Humayun, Sher Shah established himself in Purana Qila and this mosque was built in 1541

After defeating Humayun, Sher Shah established himself in Purana Qila and this mosque was built in 1541

One of the main reasons to build this mosque was to serve its purpose as Jami Mosque (Friday Mosque)

One of the main reasons to build this mosque was to serve its purpose as Jami Mosque (Friday Mosque)

Though this mosque was called Jami but it was for Sher Shah's private use only

Though this mosque was called Jami but it was for Sher Shah's private use only

A covered well in front of the mosque was used to store water

A covered well in front of the mosque was used to store water

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque has five bays (arches) with the largest one in the middle

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque has five bays (arches) with the largest one in the middle

Stone rubble was used to build this moque, white marble and red sandstone were used to enhance the beauty of this building

Stone rubble was used to build this moque, white marble and red sandstone were used to enhance the beauty of this building

Here, a central wall in the exterior is surrounded by red sandstone

Here, a central wall in the exterior is surrounded by red sandstone

Marble was used on the exterior of the mosque for Arabic calligraphy

Marble was used on the exterior of the mosque for Arabic calligraphy

This mosque is richly carved in black and white marble and red sandstone.

This mosque is richly carved in black and white marble and red sandstone.

A closer look at the main facade of the mosque reveals fine details of the work which has gone into this building

A closer look at the main facade of the mosque reveals fine details of the work which has gone into this building

This fantastic building is not even a complete masjid, it is more like a large rectangular verandah

This fantastic building is not even a complete masjid, it is more like a large rectangular verandah

A fine combination of white and black marble with red sandstone is visiblle in this mosque

A fine combination of white and black marble with red sandstone is visiblle in this mosque

A carved sandstone which looks like a pillar at the front

A carved sandstone which looks like a pillar at the front

Exterior of the mosque is laden with beautifully crafted stones

Exterior of the mosque is laden with beautifully crafted stones

The great details of the work makes this mosque symmetrically rugged and awe-inspiring

The great details of the work makes this mosque symmetrically rugged and awe-inspiring

The structure is built in Afghan style which was important in the development of Indian-Islamic architecture

The structure is built in Afghan style which was important in the development of Indian-Islamic architecture

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque is from pre-mughal era but some historians claim that Humayun started the construction of this mosque

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque is from pre-mughal era but some historians claim that Humayun started the construction of this mosque

This is one of the five bays of the mosque and it stands in the middle of the structure

This is one of the five bays of the mosque and it stands in the middle of the structure

The central arch is richly decorated as compared to four others which stand on the sides

The central arch is richly decorated as compared to four others which stand on the sides

Decorative details of the area above main mihrab

Decorative details of the area above main mihrab

The central bay of the hall is also bestowed with a single dome which has openings on the side for fresh air

The central bay of the hall is also bestowed with a single dome which has openings on the side for fresh air

Islamic architecture influence is very strong in this mosque, although Mughals mixed their construction style with the local

Islamic architecture influence is very strong in this mosque, although Mughals mixed their construction style with the local

But Islamic aspect was always dominant in the construction of this buildings

But Islamic aspect was always dominant in the construction of this buildings

Inside the mosque, high ceiling offers a sense of open space which are covered beautifully

Inside the mosque, high ceiling offers a sense of open space which are covered beautifully

This door is located on the side of the mosque (close to the corner of the triangle)

This door is located on the side of the mosque (close to the corner of the triangle)

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque has five mihrabs in total and all of them are highly decorated

Qila-i Kuhna Mosque has five mihrabs in total and all of them are highly decorated

Basically, each arch has one of its own mihrab inside the mosque

Basically, each arch has one of its own mihrab inside the mosque

Mihrab is one of the most important part of any mosque so same goes for Qila-i Kuhna Mosque

Mihrab is one of the most important part of any mosque so same goes for Qila-i Kuhna Mosque

Inside the mosque exquisitely carved verses of the Holy Quran stuccoed on the walls

Inside the mosque exquisitely carved verses of the Holy Quran stuccoed on the walls

It is a great sight to behold while standing inside the mosque

It is a great sight to behold while standing inside the mosque

A combination of white and black marble has created a simple yet beautiful artistically built mihrab

A combination of white and black marble has created a simple yet beautiful artistically built mihrab

The main mihrab (in the centre of the main bay) has more decorations as compared to four others

The main mihrab (in the centre of the main bay) has more decorations as compared to four others

This is the place where imam would stand and lead the prayers

This is the place where imam would stand and lead the prayers

A closer look at the upper part of the main mihrab

A closer look at the upper part of the main mihrab

One of the side mihrabs of the Qila-i Kuhna Mosque

One of the side mihrabs of the Qila-i Kuhna Mosque

White marble is carved to create beautiful patterns with the calligraphy inscribed on them

White marble is carved to create beautiful patterns with the calligraphy inscribed on them

This is one of the side mihrabs of the mosque, more sandstone is used in it's construction than white marble

This is one of the side mihrabs of the mosque, more sandstone is used in it's construction than white marble

A closer look at the white marble reveals the same great details as of the main mihrab

A closer look at the white marble reveals the same great details as of the main mihrab

Some exquisitely carved verses of the Holy Quran stuccoed on the walls, next to mihrab

Some exquisitely carved verses of the Holy Quran stuccoed on the walls, next to mihrab