Not only did the iconoclastic British demolish the square and the Naubat Khana, they also destroyed the original main gateway of the Jama Masjid which was replaced with the present unexceptional structure. It is recorded that Shah Jahan built the Jama Masjid for his daughter Jahanara in 1648.
The mosque and its courtyard follow the normal practice of being raised on a plinth. An unusual zig-zag pattern of white marble bands give zest to three red sandstone domes. For some reason, the five archers of the prayers hall's screen were separated by unduly wide pillars and the ponderous appearance that has resulted is the chief reason for the mosque's lack of appeal.
The Jama Masjid of Agra is a building with rectangular open forecourt. It was constructed in 1648 A.D. by Shah Jahan’s daughter, Jahanara Begum in memory of the famous Sheikh Salim Chisti and his grandson Islam Khan. Of particular importance is its wonderful assimilation of Iranian architecture.