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Jama Masjid, Delhi.

Silver print. Circa 1885.

The city’s principal mosque was begun by Shah Jahan in 1650. Five thousands masons worked on its construction for 6 years. The French traveller Francois Bernier described how, during the reign of Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangzeb, the streets of the city were watered in preparation for his visit to prayers.

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