Mosque of Pakistan – Jamia Masjid Qassaban
The Qassaban Mosque was constructed in the late 18th century in Saddar, Karachi. At that time too Karachi showed signs of being a cosmopolitan city. Followers of different religions lived peacefully and Temples, Cathedrals, Synagogues, Parsi Dar-e-Meher and Mosques formed the architecture of the place. Saddar area was mainly inhabited by non-Muslims but when the Muslim community grew, the Jamia Masjid Qassaban was constructed. As the name Qassaban suggests, the Muslims living there were mainly butchers. Along with many other mosques in Pakistan this one is considered as the best in reflecting the local architecture.
The architecture of the mosque is heavily inspired by Italian Renaissance and the small dome which looks more like a cupola was the only sign that it was a Muslim place of worship. Minarets were added to the structure later. People are aware of the historic importance of the mosque and are doing their utmost to preserve what is left of the original structure. The exterior of the mosque has retained most of the original work while the interior has undergone many changes.
Jamia Masjid Qassaban is not a masterpiece of architecture, it is a beautiful building which reminds you of the good old times when Karachi was a peaceful city.
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