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Sidi Saiyad Mosque


The Sidi Saiyad Mosque was built in 1573 and is located in the largest city of Gujarat, Ahmedabad. The Mosque was built by Sidi Saiyad who was a slave of Sultan Ahmad Shah. It is one of the most famous mosques of Ahmedabad and was the last mosque that was built in Gujarat by the sultanate and is also regarded as one of the holiest places in Gujarat.

The Mosque is an architectural masterpiece and is famous for its beautifully engraved ten stone latticework jalis on the sides. The Sidi Saiyad Mosque is considered as one of the best example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The walls are adorned with square panels arranged in different geometric designs. The western wall of the Mosque contains two semicircular screens which have one of the most spectacular floral designs carved out from a yellow stone. The semicircular screens are best viewed from the scenic gardens around the mosque. The eastern face of the mosque is open and contains a number of pillars that divides the main hall into two parts. There are two bays flanking the centre of the aisle that have stones engraved in design of foliage, trees and palm leaves. This complicated carved design stone window is the Sidi Saiyad jali.

Sidi Saiyad Mosque is famous for the exquisite carvings on the walls and the pillars and has achieved a worldwide recognition, due to its splendid beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world to the mosque.

Best time to visit

The best time therefore to visit Ahmedabad is during the winter months of October to March when the climate is extremely pleasant.

The summer months between April and June should be avoided due to the extreme temperatures witnessed during the time. The weather in summers is very arid and dry with maximum temperatures reaching 43 degrees. The monsoon enters the city in June and the rainy season lasts till September. Monsoon season should also be avoided due to the uncertainty and sometimes torrential rain.


The intricately carved Siddi Saiyad jali is the unofficial symbol of city of Ahmedabad and the inspiration for the design of the logo of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.


The mosque can be visited on all days from dawn to dusk.

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