Mosque of Tipu Sultan

Srirangapatnam, Karnataka

The unprepossessing lower wall of Tipu Sultan's Jami Masjid (congregational mosque) is completely incongruous with the building's handsome upper course and minarets. It is obviously a slapdash modern repair, but from what?

Tipu Sultan, who ruled the princely state of Mysore from 1782 to 1799, was known as the "Tiger of Mysore" because of his fierce opposition to the British. He built this mosque in 1789. Srirangapatnam, his capital, is an island in the Kaveri river.