MoorishMosque_Ban1Kapurthala’s unique Moorish Mosque was designed by the same French architect who designed the Jagatjit Palace, and stands testimony to the ruler’s secularism. Inspired by the Qutbia Mosque in Marakesh (Morocco), the mosque was built in 1930 and consecrated in the presence of the Nawab of Bhawalpur. The inner dome was decorated by talented artists from Lahore’s Mayo School of Art, and is today, the only mosque of this style in South East Asia. The mosque is considered a National Monument by the Archaeological Survey of India, and various conservation bodies are in the process of restoring the building to its former glory.