The Spanish Mosque in Hyderabad is the only of its kind in the whole of India and is popularly called Aiwan-E-Begumpet or Masjid Iqbal Ud Daula in local language. Nawab Sir iqbal Ud Daula, who was a Paigah Nawab, had gone on a visit to Spain and was much impressed by the style and architecture of the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba. Upon his return from Spain, he started the construction of the Spanish Mosque in 1906.
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The Mosque is built on the same lines as the Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. However, the architectural style of the mosque also borrows heavily from the Jama Masjid Gulbarga that is located in the state of Karnataka. The distinct Moorish architecture in which the mosque is built has given it another name: Mosque of the Moors. The mosque is famous all over the world because it so resembles a church from the outside.