Ahmedabad – Part X: Sidi Bashir Mosque and the Shaking Minarets

This mosque is believed to be constructed by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. The mosque was constructed in 1452. Only the minarets and arched central gateway remain today, as the body of the remaining part of the mosque was destroyed in 1753 during the war between the Marathas and the Gujarat Sultanate.
The mosque is famed for its 21.3 meter high shaking minarets (jhulta minars). A gentle shaking of either of the minarets results in the other minaret vibrating, though the connecting passage between them remains free of vibration. The minarets were designed to shake to protect against earthquake damage, which certainly worked in 2001.

The Shaking Minarets of Sidi Bashir Mosque
The Shaking Minarets of Sidi Bashir Mosque
A closer view of one of the minarets
A closer view of one of the minarets
The arched gateway
The arched gateway
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
Architectural details of the pillars
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