PONNANI, KERALA, INDIA: The Grand entrance gable and balcony at Ponnani Juma Masjid. Ponnani, a port city located north of Cochin, was inhabited from first century AD, and it was a religious centre ... more 
PONNANI, KERALA, INDIA: The Grand entrance gable and balcony at Ponnani Juma Masjid. Ponnani, a port city located north of Cochin, was inhabited from first century AD, and it was a religious centre of temples and mosques. The Ponnani Juma Masjid was built in the 1500s. The fantastic displays of mosques such as this one may have been a direct response to the Portuguese efforts at destruction of the Muslims’ trade dominance and their faith.

©Donald Fels / Published in ‘Mosques of Cochin’ by Patricia Tusa Fels, Mapin Publishing.

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