Though a minority in Goa, the Muslims have well known places of worship in the city. Goa has around 26 mosques scattered all over. However, there are two major mosques that are the most famous in Goa. The mosques have been designed in the typical Muslim style complete with the dome and the towers around the mosques.
The Jama Masjid is situated at Sanguem, which is around 25 kilometers from
the town of Margao. The Jama Masjid was completely renovated in 1959 since
it was falling apart, due to the fact that it was built in the last century.
The new structure is noteworthy for its synchronized proportions and elegant
simplicity. Two elegant towers flank the entrance façade and it is
surrounded by four beautiful "minars". A dome shaped cabin rises
from the center of the minars. All Muslim festivals are celebrated here with
much devotion and harmony.
Safa Masjid Goa
The Safa Masjid is located in the city of Ponda. It is the biggest and the
most famous of all the mosques in Goa. Ibrahim Adilshan of Bijapur built it
in 1560. Adjoining the Mosque is a well-constructed tank like pond. The tank
has beautifully designed chambers. The mosque and the tank were previously
bordered by a widespread garden with numerous fountains. They were ruined
during the Portugal rule. The two major festivals of Id-ul-Fitr and
Id-ul-Zuha are celebrated at this mosque with great spectacle and devotion
and a large number of people grace the occasion.