Sarkhej Roza: Ahmedabad’s Acropolis

Its Ahmedabad’s best kept secret. One of the  most beautiful structures in Ahmedabad: Sarkhej Roza. Like a lot of structures in Ahmedabad and most other cities where cultures intertwine, Sarkhej Roza was built as a mosque by Muslims rulers over their Hindu subjects thereby forming a composite “Indo Saracenic” style of architecture.

Sarkhej Roza is still a gorgeous complex and the snaps below might give you an idea what prompted Le Corbusier, the great architect, to compare it to the Acropolis of Athens.

Sarkhej Roza, Ahmedabad
Sarkhej Roza: Truly Ahmedabad’s Acropolis

The beautiful structure is a colossal work of art. Here are some snaps of the  place:

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Sarkhej Roza25-Apr-2010 11:06, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 20.2mm, 0.001 sec

Beautiful Architect @Sarkhej RozaBeautiful Architect @Sarkhej Roza
Beautiful Architect @Sarkhej Roza25-Apr-2010 11:19, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 37.8mm, 0.002 sec

The Jama Masjid nearby is also a beautiful, functional mosque like the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad where prayers are still held regularly.

Inside the Jama Masjid, SarkhejInside the Jama Masjid, Sarkhej
Inside the Jama Masjid, Sarkhej25-Apr-2010 12:23, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec

Once a sprawling complex of 74 hectares, with a huge lake in the middle, surrounded by gardens and the mosque, the structure is in a dilapidated condition, especially considering the huge archaeological and cultural significance of the place. When we went there, there was a cricket match going on right in its middle.

Panorama of Sarkhej RozaPanorama of Sarkhej Roza
Panorama of Sarkhej Roza25-Apr-2010 10:57, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec

With the spectators perched under the only tree that offered some shade.

Relief from the heat @Sarkhej RozaRelief from the heat @Sarkhej Roza
Relief from the heat @Sarkhej Roza25-Apr-2010 11:04, Canon Canon PowerShot S3 IS, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.002 sec

There are quite a few organizations working to restore the glory of this beautiful structure. To know more about the efforts and about the monument, do visit this website about Sarkhej Roza. To view more beautiful photographs of Ahmedabad, and the Sarkhej Roza do check out The Wanderer’s  Blog.

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