One of the largest mosques in the world, with a capacity to house up to 10,000 worshippers at a time, the Mecca Masjid's construction began under the rule of  Sultan Quli Qutub Shah in 1614. But it was Aurangzeb who completed it in 1693. It is located on the south-west side of Charminar. Built using local granite, the mosque is 225 ft long, 180 ft wide, and 75 ft high. It derives its name from Mecca’s Grand Mosque after which its design is modelled. The bricks used in its construction are believed to have been brought straight from Mecca. A sacred relic of the Prophet is said to be housed at this mosque. An enclosure next to the maid courtyard contains the tombs of several Nizams.

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