Ascend | Jama Masjid, Old Delhi, India
"Jama Masjid" is a term that describes the main mosque in a community. The term can be translated as "Friday mosque" or "congregational mosque". Completed in 1656, this Jama Masjid is the final building project of Shah Jahan, the last great Mughal ruler best known for constructing the Taj Mahal.
Everyone is required to remove their shoes when entering the mosque complex. Shoes are left at the entrance with a shoe minder who watches over them while visitors are inside. He is paid for this service when the shoes are retrieved. Fortunately, socks are permitted. With so many pigeons making the mosque home it is easy to imagine that one's socks do not come through this experience unscathed.
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