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“An intricately carved tree of life on stone.”

Sidi Saiyed's Mosque
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Ahmedabad, India
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“An intricately carved tree of life on stone.”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Ahmedabad city has many intricately carved grill designs on stones called "jali" in the city area created during the mogul period and are inspiration to many artists and designers. Jali with tree of life design has been delicately carved on the sidi syed's is one of the most beatiful ones in the citi.

Visited January 2013
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“Do notice the tree of life.”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

The mosque is as of now a resting place for hardworking laborers of area around. the place is in middle of a madly traffic infested place but the main air vent that features intricate carving of a tree is excellent specimen of art.

Ahmedabad city has chosen it as symbol of the city.

Come to think of it, the monument was built by contributions of a slave!

Visited June 2013
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“Simple structure, outstanding carving”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Sidi Saiyed mosque is a very simple structure, visible from the road (right opposite House of MG / Greenhouse / Agashiye)

It is a small, open mosque. Not all the screens (jaalis) have been completed, but the stone work in the completed ones is stunning in intricacy.

Visited June 2013
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“Koh I Noor without Crown”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

After taking lunch at Tulsi Restaurant on 14th April , 2013 we moved to Sidi Saiyed's Mosque in the centre of a busy traffic circle near Lal Darwaja to see for the first time the world acclaimed exquisite stone window tracery . The Mosque was built in 1573 by Sidi Saiyed, an Abyssinian in the retinue of Bilal Jhajar Khan, general in the army of the last Sultan Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah III of the Gujarat Sultanate .

Though I have seen numerous photographs of the Jali work representing the Indo-Saracenic style , taken by well known photographers , I could not believe my eyes to see how the afternoon sun rays filtered through the lattice-work stone screens with flowing trees and foliage patterns made in the 10 semicircular windows , made them look like fine lace filigree work . All the windows are of different designs but two windows high on the western wall are the most spectacular, with floral designs exquisitely carved out of the yellow stone which show intertwined trees and foliage are the masterpieces. All other windows consist of several geometrical patterns.

The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs . The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif .

The hall has pillars depictings carvings of Hindu mythological heroes and animals .

I have visited many mosques , but this is the Koh I Noor . Though the beauty of Tajmahal is enhanced due to its marvelous gardens in the foreground and Yamuna in the background , the splendour of Sidi Saiyed's jali work is robbed by the continuous heavy vehicular traffic surrounding the mosque .

Visited April 2013
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Ahmedabad, India
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“A landmark still stood the times.”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

One can connect the city with its cultural monuments. One such right in the heart of the city. It's a mosque intricately carved in the stone. A magnificent display of artistic work. An iconic symbol instilled in the famous mosque has been even adapted in awards and even for the IIM A campus.

Visited May 2013
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