Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque(Old Fort)
Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque is a mosque located inside the premises of Purana Qila (Old Fort). After Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun, he occupied Purana Qila. There, he built the mosque in 1541 for his private use, which became a “symbol of his royal aspiration”.
The Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi, written by Abbas Sarwani, says that Sher Shah Suri built the mosque in 1541, from “gold, lapis lazuli” and other precious stones. He is said to have built the mosque to “revive” the city’s status “as a major city”. Historian MC Joshi argues that although Sher Shah completed the mosque, it was originally “designed” and its construction was started by Humayun. Joshi believes that Sher Shah built the upper part of the mosque which included the dome. The marble works of the exterior walls could be attributed to his son Akbar, because the geometric works are of his time and not of pre-Akbar era. The use of half-dome, pointed arches represents “A strong Mughal association”. Humayun is credited with “introducing pietra dura” works in the liwan and mihrab.