Safa Masjid, an incredible piece of Goa's heritage

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Based in Ponda, the 16th century Safa Masjid, also known as the Safa Shahouri Masjid, is Goa's oldest mosque.

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|16th century | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

The masjid was built by Ibrahim Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur, in 1560.

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|1560|Ibrahim Adil Shah | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

Ponda is home to more than 24 mosques and Safa Masjid is one of them.

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|1560|Oldest mosque | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

A close look, and one will realise a little aspect of the structural framework of the mosque is based on Portuguese architecture.  

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|Portuguese architecture | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

A huge laterite stone masonry tank with clear water that is located within the complex is a great location to soak in its grandeur.

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|Water tank | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

Safa in Arabic means pure. The masonry work gives the mosque a unique look.

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|Masonry work | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

One of the boards at the entrance to the complex classifies Safa Masjid as a national monument under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India. 

Goa|Ponda|Safa Masjid|ASI|Protected monument | Photo: Florence Kurkundi

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