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Mishkal Mosque

History

The Mishkal Mosque is located at Kuttichra, in the city of Kozhikode, Kerala. It is believed to be one of the oldest mosques in Kerala, having been built by an Arab merchant by the name of Nakhooda Mishkal, around 650 years ago. Mishkal Mosque has been named after him.

The mosque was burnt partially in a Portuguese attack of 1510. Although renovated since, the top floors of the mosque still display some of that damage. Originally designed to have five stories, the mosque was reconstructed after the fire in 1510 and now has four stories. The mosque has no minarets, and is made almost entirely of timber, as is the norm for similarly aged mosques of the region.

Best time to visit

Although Kozhikode enjoys pleasant weather throughout the month, the best time to visit Mishkal Mosque is between the months of September and March.

Trivia

It is believed by some historians that the architecture of the mosques of Kerala was influenced by that of Kerala’s temple architecture which had gopuram style entrance arches and no minarets.

Timing

The mosque admits Muslims at all times of the prayer.


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