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.
The beautiful structure is a colossal work of art. Here are some snaps of the place:
The Jama Masjid nearby is also a beautiful, functional mosque like the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad where prayers are still held regularly.
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.
With the spectators perched under the only tree that offered some shade.
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.