Quiet Surrounds the Mina Masjid

AGRA, India — Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built a quite prayer space for himself within a walled compound at Agra Fort — and though relatively simple, it was an elegant tribute to his faith.

Arches marked the Mina Masjid’s three open sides, with a similar scalloped shape culminating in an onion-shaped silhouette at the apex.

The Heavenly Mosque, built between 1631-1640 and featuring three spired domes, became the emperor’s only prayer space during his imprisonment in the nearby Musamman Burj from 1658 until his death in 1666.

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