112-Year-old ‘Spanish Mosque’ in Hyderabad Open for All on Independence Day

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Hyderabad: The over a century-old Jama Masjid Aiwan-e-Begumpet in Hyderabad will be thrown open to people from all religions this Independence Day for a guided tour, a move aimed at promoting inter-faith harmony.Popularly known as the ‘Spanish Mosque’ for its Moorish architecture, the heritage masjid, for the first time, has invited people from all religions to visit it on August 15, between 10 am and 7 pm, as part of the ‘Visit My Mosque’ programme, an official said.The 112-year old historic mosque in Begumpet area, maintained by the Paigahs, an aristocratic family, was built in 1906 and known for its intrinsic beauty and unique architectural style blending Moorish and Turkish features.“We invite people from all religions to attend the ‘Visit My Mosque’ programme. This initiative promotes national integrity and communal harmony and it is an opportunity to meet, share and experience the values and culture of the Indian Muslim community,” M A Faiz Khan, a member of the Paigah family and ‘mutavalli’ (caretaker) of the mosque, said.Commissioned by Paigah noble Sir Viqar-ul Umera after his European tour of 1887 during which he was inspired by the Moorish architecture of Spain.