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Emperor Humayun's Garden Tomb

Wall Mosque

The Wall Mosque

The Wall Mosque is located just west of the South Gate, along the garden's southern enclosure wall. It is estimated to have been built in the 19th century.1 A masjid, or mosque, is a location where Muslims meet for prayer. The only common feature of a mosque is that it has some indication to the qibla direction, usually a mihrab, sometimes just a grid on the ground. "The Messenger of Allah said: 'All the earth is a mosque, except for graveyards and Hammam.'"2

The Wall Mosque is just a blue quartzite masonry prayer platform that measures 13.20m x 9.40m with stairs at the eastern end and a qibla wall at the western end.3 The qibla wall contains a large pointed arch niche hat measures 2.25m wide, and this niche has a 1m wide three-centered arched opening at each side.4 This prayer platform is approximately 1.3m high with a small unidentified cenotaph in the southeastern corner. There is a small entrance in line with the cenotaph on the eastern side of the prayer platform that allows access to a space inside the platform that could be assumed to be a crypt.


1. Ataullah, "Survey of 18th Century Structural Remains Of New Delhi Zone," Proceedings of the Indian History Congress 65, (2004): 1171.

2. Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 4, Hadith 745.

3. Ataullah, "Survey 18th Century Structural Remains," 1171.

4. ibid.

Illustrations

The Wall Mosque
The Wall Mosque's Elevation
Building Plan of The Wall Mosque
The Wall Mosque is comprised of a prayer platform and a qibla wall.
The Wall Mosque's qibla wall.
The Wall Mosque has a qibla wall to denote the direction of Mecca.

Additional Information

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