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The Shah Jahan Mosque is located in Thatta, Sindh province, Pakistan. It was built during the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. He made it as a gift for the kind and warm hospitality of the people of Thatta. It is unique in this way that it contains no minarets but has a total of a staggering, 93 domes, the highest for any structure in Pakistan. Unlike other Mughal-era structures, it also does not contain pink sandstone. It was made using materials from areas of Sindh such as Hala (where the bricks were imported from). The mosque is famous for its beautiful tile-work.

Shah Jahan Mosque
Shah Jahan Mosque Thatta Sindh Pakistan 6.jpg
Courtyard of the Shah Jahan Mosque
Basic information
Location Thatta, Pakistan
Affiliation Islam
District Thatta
Province Sindh
Country Pakistan
Year consecrated 1644
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Mosque
Leadership Shahjahan
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Mughal
Completed 1647
Dome(s) 100
Materials Red bricks and tiles



The mosque was built in 1647, during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan, as a gift to the people of Sindh for their hospitality. It has been on the tentative UNESCO World Heritage list since 1993.[1]


The dome is laid with exquisite blue and white tile-work and the insides contain one of the most elaborate displays of tile-work in the Indian subcontinent. The mosque was built with acoustics in mind: a person speaking on one end of the dome can be heard from the other end when the speech exceeds 100 decibels.


See alsoEdit

  • Wazir Khan Mosque - another Shah Jahan period mosque. Located in Lahore, the mosque is considered to be the most elaborately decorated Mughal mosque.


  1. ^ "Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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