The Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) built by Aurangzeb within the Red Fort (1659)

Source: The Golden Calm: An English Lady's Life in Moghul Delhi (Reminiscences by Emily, Lady Clive Bayley, and by her father, Sir Thomas Metcalfe), ed. M. M. Kaye (New York: Viking Press, 1980), p. 102b; CU scan, Dec. 1999

"The Motee Musjid or Pearl Mosque within the precincts of the Royal Palace is entirely of Marble. It was constructed by the Emperor Aurungzeb Aulumgeer, literally the Ornament of the Throne and Conqueror of the World, who reigned between the years of A.D. 1658 and 1704.
    Its origin is attributed to a fit of compunction for the cruelties exercised by him towards his two elder brothers Dara Shikoh and Moorad.
    It is a very beautiful Mosque, but from being enclosed in the front and both sides by high Walls, is not seen to advantage."

(caption by Sir Thomas Metcalfe, c.1840's, p. 101)

A photo by Bourne and Shepherd, an 1880's studio print of Bourne's image from the 1860's (before modern reconstruction work was done)

Source: ebay, Aug. 2005

An interior photo by Bourne, c.1880

Source: ebay, June 2008

A view by Francis Frith, c.1880

Source: ebay, July 2010

A photo from the mid-1880's

Source: ebay, Jan. 2013

Looking directly into the mihrab; a photo c.1887

Source: ebay, Jan. 2010

A photo from the 1890's

Source: ebay, Aug. 2010

A silver gelatin photo, c.1900

Source: ebay, Nov. 2007

A visitor's photo, from the 1920's-30's

Source: ebay, Nov. 2007

A photo from 1937, showing post-1857 British military buildings in the background

Source: ebay, Mar. 2007

A modern interior view (apparently while some kind of dome and spire renovation work is under way)

(downloaded May 2006)

A closer look at the three domes

(downloaded Oct. 2004)

Nowadays, the Moti Masjid (very much smaller than its Agra counterpart) seems mostly to be kept locked

Source: Courtesy of Rob McNamee, Columbia College, Jan. 2005

Here's what the average Red Fort visitor sees

(downloaded Feb. 2005)

A view of the Moti Masjid from just inside the Divan-e Khas

(downloaded July 2005)

*A large overview of the exterior of the Moti Masjid*

(downloaded May 2006)

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