In news- The renovation work of Cheraman Juma Masjid, the oldest mosque in the Indian subcontinent, is in the final stages.
About the mosque-
- The mosque located in Methala, near Kodungallur, Thrissur District, Kerala was built in 629CE.
- It was built by Malik Deenar, on the orders of the successor of Cheraman Perumal, the Chera King of modern-day Kerala.
- The mosque was constructed in Kerala style with hanging lamps.
- The mosque was completely destroyed by the Portuguese in 1504 when Lopo Soares de Albergaria attacked the port of Kodungallur.
- In 1984, to organise prayers at the mosque, concrete structures – mainly corridor and hall were built.
- To bring back the heritage structure, the Muziris Heritage Project took up the task of renovating the Cheraman Juma Masjid.