The Mecca Masjid is one of the most revered places of worship in south India; situated in heart of Hyderabad, it was an important centre around which the great medieval city grew with its great palaces (Purani Haveli, Chowmahalla, and others) residential areas and markets grew.
It was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, in the later years of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. It is one of the best examples of Deccan architecture. Rugged yet sublime in look, it provides space for over 10,000 faithful to offer prayers at any point of time. Some of the bricks for the mosque were made from soil brought from Mecca, hence the name.
Hyderabad passed into hands of the Mughals eventually and then slipped out of their control when their protege Asaf Jahi dynasty took control of what was practically an independent kingdom, soon to grow into one of the most rich, cultured and administratively strong kingdoms of the Indian Empire.