|Location||About 3 km from Railway Station, on Fort Road, in Jaunpur city, U.P., India|
|Ideal time to visit||Throughout the year, special day Friday, Oct.-March period is preferable|
|Timings||7:30am-8pm, open on all days|
|Attractions||Religious, Historical, Archaeological|
|How to reach||Take a cycle rickshaw form any part of the city|
It is the most attractive & aesthetic of all the buildings of Jaunpur, which represents the beginning & the finest example of Sharqi Architecture. The mosque design is in conformity with the conventional mosque architecture and is basically made up of grey sandstone. Its foundation was laid down by Firoz Shah Tughlaq in 1376; but the construction was started in 1377 and could be completed only in 1408 by Sultan Ibrahim Shah Sharqi. It consists of an open square courtyard with cloisters on north, south & east (three large ornamental archways) and on the fourth; a high ceiling prayer chamber exists in the western direction. The inspiring part of the whole building is its Central Arch (23mts. high), supported by massive columns on both sides. The portal hides the main dome, a unique feature of Sharqi Architecture. The main charm of Atala lies in its solid architectural style, marvelous and delicate engravings of Egyptian creepers & beautiful roses on the walls. The mosque shows great influence of Hindu Architecture because it stands at the site of Hindu temple dedicated to Atala Devi. A madarsa named 'Madarsa Din Dunia' is also housed in the central courtyard of the mosque.